Summer Programs are in Full Swing!
While students and teachers spend the summer months relaxing and enjoying their free time, the program staff at Art with Heart couldn’t be busier!
In July alone, we ran 5 pilot programs which helped close to 100 students ages 5-17 use creative expression to develop their sense of self-identity and self-respect. Locations ranged from Renton to West Seattle, and all the way up North to Snoqualmie!
To kick off, Sandra Brooks, art therapy student at Lesley University and Art with Heart’s Program Intern, led two Magnificent Marvelous Me Clubs (MMMe Club) at Neighborhood House in Highpoint in West Seattle. A group of 25 eager K-2nd graders participated in the Club, followed by a group of fifteen 3rd-5th graders later in the day. These two pilots served as our second round of testing of the MMMe Club curriculum, which had been modified and revised based on what we learned earlier in the school year.
We also tested the Ink About It curriculum activities at this neat location. During a two-week span for two hours a day, 12 middle-school girls in the Muslim community of West Seattle participated in social and emotional therapy-infused art activities. These activities included print-making, collaging and even painting with water color ice cubes!
At the Compass Housing Alliance and Veteran’s Center in Renton, the first MMMe Club to be held in a non-school setting was tested. At this location, we led a training for the first-ever completely volunteer (non-Art with Heart staff) run Club. The Compass Center houses homeless veterans and their children and also provides them with unique services and programs.
After a successful pilot last summer, we were also invited back to lead a MMMe Club at Smart with Art’s summer camps. Volunteer Leanne Draayer led 20 elementary children through outdoor art activities held at a farm in Snoqualmie.
Back home at the Childhaven building, programming continues with our youngest audience – the 4 and 5 year olds. Volunteers and staff collaborate to lead the children in various lessons and art projects twice a month that under-gird the social/emotional learning they need for a successful transition into kindergarten. October will mark the first completed year of curriculum and collaboration with Childhaven programming and staff!
Art with Heart is thrilled to be working and serving with so many quality organizations. It is such a privilege to serve our community by bringing the power of creativity to children in need. Stay tuned for further news and photos!