Creative spaces to share joy and cope with struggles
In our After School Arts program, 7-year-old Dulce said, “This octopus pin I made is so cute. And so is my shirt. And so am I. I love making things to match how cute I am.” Dulce is one of our many elementary students who has found that creating encourages her to feel like her whole (cute) self. And although she had fun designing, she was also learning how to use a 3-D printing pen in our elementary S.T.E.A.M. class (Science Tech Engineering Arts and Math) at the Cook Arts Center.
While some students create to match their cute outfits, others use the arts to express themselves and communicate their struggles. “Total anxiety. Takes over my life…Total anxiety. I can’t breathe, but I’m alive.” These are song lyrics written during our Girls Rock camp by a band of nine and ten-year-olds.
Students of all ages have experienced new levels of anxiety and mental health problems this year, and coming together as a community to support students through these times is critical. GAAH needs your support more than ever to provide safe spaces where our students can use the arts to process their feelings and express themselves fully in healthy and meaningful ways.
Thanks for supporting the arts and encouraging our kids to share their joy, and also their struggles!