Connectivity and Healing with the Arts
Through arts workshops, program participants build capacity by increasing self-confidence, engaging in self-expression and developing coping mechanisms through creative expression. Participants are provided with opportunities to increase self-esteem through participation in community-wide events such as the Crossing Bridges Exhibition, the Children’s Arts Festival, Art Exposed and Art in the Park. This project builds/strengthens networks of collaboration among artists and social service agencies in the community.
Partnering with social service agencies helps to support the work they are doing to contribute to the health and well-being of their clients. And, engaging clients in arts workshops at social service agencies helps to keep them in regular contact with the agency, builds additional relationships with peers and artist facilitators, increases connectedness, fosters self-expression and discovery and encourages creativity and productivity through art-making.