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Using Art to Find your Safe Place

February 2nd, 2016.

Most of the time, Dominic’s face appears angry, and he walks around with his jaw and fists clenched out of a seeming constant frustration with life. At just 16 years old, he has had a significantly traumatic life. At a very young age, he was required to work to help support his family, which severely limited his[…read more…]

While I was always well intentioned, my finished products during grade school art class never seemed to resemble what I had envisioned, and often even caused embarrassment in front of my more artistically inclined friends. Emerson said famously that “life is a journey, not a destination.” I think the same can be said for art,[…read more…]

The holidays can be a time for celebration and laughter, full of family and friends and good food. But for many kids, it may be the first time they are decorating or opening presents without their loved one. Last week, Huffington Post published an article about the difficulties people can experience during the holidays. One man mentioned[…read more…]

On July 31, Art with Heart staff trained 25 therapists from four Sound Mental Health locations in King County in using the Draw It Out books and curriculum. They learned how to use the books, how to engage kids in a Draw It Out group, and received time to make some hands-on projects. The participants[…read more…]

Earlier this year a grant from the Loeb Family Charitable Foundation brought Art with Heart to the teen MAP program of Marysville, Washington’s YMCA. The Art with Heart group met weekly for 10 weeks with members who ranged from 15 to 18 years of age. The group faces a variety of emotional challenges, including some[…read more…]

This month we had some great sessions with our Childhaven preschoolers. With a focus on emotional intelligence and kindergarten readiness, we did activities that used creativity to help the kids learn skills crucial to their development. Feelings Mask The Feelings Mask activity focuses on identification of feelings. In this activity we defined emotional descriptors to[…read more…]

"Draw it Out helps me understand how to calm down my anger & sadness. Inside, I can write all about me and my dad so I don’t forget…” Art with Heart is proud to partner once again with the New York Life Foundation to provide grief kits to help children who are experiencing loss. The[…read more…]

Art with Heart recently received some feedback from an incredible program in Hawaii using our tools. Second Step Hawaii is an after-school program hosted by Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii that exists to reduce and prevent violence, bullying, substance abuse and associated risk factors impacting youth in Hawaii. The Second Step Hawaii program incorporates stories[…read more…]

“When I look at my art, I feel really proud of myself because I learned to take risks and I made things from my heart,” reads a quote on the Draw it Out survey submitted by Washington-state school counselor Alyssa Daniels.* The quote comes from a child in one of the several successful Art with[…read more…]

The 19th annual National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) Symposium hosted last weekend in Portland gave Art with Heart an intimate look at the far-reaching effects of our community of healing. Art with Heart staff learned the amazing stories from all of you who visited our booth. Thank you to ALL our dedicated partners who[…read more…]