Posts Tagged ‘Healing’

In the South Bronx, kids grow up fast. Jan Moskowitz, who counsels kids in this neighborhood, says that she sees kids who have witnessed violence and been in and out of shelters. They’ve been in foster care and seen family members incarcerated. “Their maturity level is way beyond their emotional development,” Jan says, and part[…read more…]

Few of us have made it to adulthood without at least one visit to the emergency room. Maybe we suffered a broken bone or we needed stitches, or maybe it was shortness of breath or strep throat. Whatever the reason, the waiting, despair, and antiseptic smell are hard to forget. Evi Feltus is a child[…read more…]

Benefit Concert: By Kids, For Kids

February 16th, 2016.

Bollywood-style dance, an electric cello, and acoustic mash-ups were only a few of the surprises at the Overlake School Benefit Concert in January. Students at Overlake School showcased their special talents for their family, friends, and Art with Heart, having fun and raising proceeds in the process. This special event was actually put together by[…read more…]

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…]

It’s a natural instinct to protect your child. You want them to be as happy and healthy as possible, and you don’t want anything to threaten that. But things do happen. Little things, big things. And kids need to understand what happened before they can process what they are feeling and start to heal. Sarah,[…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…]

Wildfires ravaged central Washington this summer, burning over 900,000 square miles of land and destroying 200 homes. While the entire community was reeling from the fallout, school counselors were working hard to support their students and help them heal. Kayla Helleson, Manson Elementary School counselor, who had attended a Chill & Spill training, knew about the power[…read more…]

“Just you wait until kids are given tools to engage their suffering in positive ways. Just you wait until kids experience the healing that comes with creative self-expression. Just you wait to see a world where all kids who have experienced trauma can turn their pain into possibility!” Those were the words spoken by JJ[…read more…]

Art with Heart’s Draw it Out was designed to help children facing grief and loss. For Emily, whose mom passed away, the therapeutic activities in Draw it Out allowed her to feel happy after tragedy. This tool helps therapists, school counselors, and parents alike address serious issues like childhood bereavement, loss of a pet or friend, a move[…read more…]

Twelve-year-old Isabella is dealing with parental substance abuse in her home. She was given a Draw it Out book in an Art with Heart program and found it to be the outlet she needed for emotional relief. Isabella wrote Art with Heart to say that before Draw it Out she felt “OK,” “Worried,” and “Sad.” But using the therapeutic[…read more…]