Shoe-In: The Irvine Spectrum Hosts Shoes of Hope for the Holidays

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For an event that’s more about giving than getting this holiday, the Irvine Spectrum Center is hosting a Shoes of Hope event on Saturday Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Great Wheel Court. This international event is one way to teach kids and adults alike the spirit of giving this holiday season and is a great way to give something to developing nations while partaking in major fun at the Irvine Spectrum.

During the event, which supports UNESCO’s Art Miles Mural Project and their Shoes of Hope program, children can participate in this special project that allows them to adorn a pair of shoes with painted decorations and personal messages of love and peace.  The shoes will then be donated to children in third world countries around the world.

Located in the shadow of the the Giant Wheel and near the Holiday Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center, the UNESCO Art Miles Mural Project will have students from the Art Milers Club at Sonora High School assisting children in their painting and message writing for the shoes’ recipients, allowing them to give back to the community they live in as well as touching lives across the globe.

In addition to providing these shoes to kids in impoverished nations, the project has resulted in more than 4,000 murals painted on canvas by over a half-million participants in 125 countries. The Art Miles Mural Project was created with the United Nations International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence Among Children, promoting art and sharing worldwide.

So whether you have a budding Louboutin or Blahnik at home, let them share their creativity and decorate shoes for the less fortunate. Who knows — the next well-heeled red-soled genius might just be discovered.

The Irvine Spectrum Center is located at 71 Fortune Dr., in Irvine. For more information on the center, call 949.790.4800 or visit For more information on UNESCO’s Shoes of Hope Project and the Art Miles Mural Project, visit their official web site at

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