Monthly Archives: February 2016
This week has been filled with the beauty of Cambodia. Paints, fabrics, and carpentry are coming together to turn a dilapidated house boat into a stunning Art Center named Selah. With Kim Lewis at the design helm, our Art Center team, including carpenter Jake Scott and Touch A Life co-founder Pam Cope, have been busy painting and setting everything in place for the newest addition to the Rapha House campus in Battambang. Selah Art Center will serve as a place for healing and creativity for girls who have survived the exploitation of sex trafficking. The design team sourced fabric and accessories from local vendors, then started painting bright, bold colors that will bring Selah to life. We can’t wait to show you the finished product! And keep an eye on our Instagram for more photos from our adventures through Cambodia.
Connor Creative Art Center is full of new artwork this month! With 25 new little artists, our Art Director, Kwame is busy coming up with new projects to help them start their journey of creative expression. The younger kids have been working on drawing fruits and vegetables that are growing in the Care Center garden. Our older boys are also working on a food related project – painting dishes and meals!
Our first-hand experience, as well as conversations with art therapy professionals, continues to underscore the obvious – access to the arts is good for children, especially those who have experienced trauma. This fact is the base of our Art Healing programs, and a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) brings even more research to light. The NEA described the report as, “The Arts in Early Childhood: Social and Emotional Benefits of Arts Participation: A Literature Review and Gap-Analysis (2000-2015) synthesized findings from 18 recent reports in psychology and education research journals. These studies focused on the social and emotional outcomes of young children who participated in art forms such as music, dance, theater, drawing, and painting.” Studies covered topics such as social skills, emotional regulation, and development disorders. The NEA is looking to pursue “more detailed measurement of the complex nature of social-emotional development” through art-related methods in the future. You can read the summary of the report on the NEA News page.