When I was a kid, I struggled in school. Bullying from other kids mixed with a learning disability made it REALLY hard to focus on learning. I passed classes by the skin of my teeth, often feeling stupid, lost, and exhausted by trying to make sense of things that just didn’t seem to make sense.
Thank goodness, there was one shining beacon in my week: our art teacher Marybeth.
When Marybeth walked in the room, it was like the gleam of sunshine after a week of rain. Things like multiplication and phonics went right over my head, but art went straight into my heart.
Art made me feel uplifted, empowered, and excited.
Later in life during a traumatic time, I remember working with a therapist for weeks and weeks without making any progress. One day, rather than asking me to talk about how I was feeling, she asked me to draw it. That day, everything changed. The image of that drawing is something I still reflect on 25 years later.
Since the beginning of time art has been a way for us to heal, process, honor and express.
Remembrance of Peace, mosaic by war veterans served through The Art Therapy Project
The Art Therapy Project is an organization dedicated to bringing free art therapy to traumatized individuals. They work with veterans, domestic abuse survivors and at-risk youth to help heal trauma through the creative process. Together, the participants work to turn negative energy positive, repression into expression, and to transform their pain through BEAUTY.
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