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Kansas City 7-year-old paints to help African orphans



Bottles of paint, brushes and canvases are everywhere. Abstract art covers the walls. This living room is an art studio.

When I walk into Nicole and Brian Williams’ south Kansas City home on a recent afternoon, their daughter Savanna is on the floor painting with all kinds of purple. Her cascade of curls hangs in her face.

“I like purple, because there are so many different shades of it,” says Savanna, the 7-year-old behind Saturday’s “Art for Africa” show at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center. Her work is largely inspired by “The Wiz,” 1978’s soulful adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz” starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson (she has pictures of him on her wall and can moonwalk).

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