“Visual art represents a powerful resource for mental and physical well-being.” *
Foster children are often overlooked when it comes to providing creative arts for local youth. Voices for Children is a non-profit organization that provides CASA’s, (Court Appointed Special Advocates), for foster children in Riverside County. I am meeting with VFC to discuss how we can provide access to the arts for foster kids in their program.
How art improves the lives of at-risk children & teens
There are numerous scientific studies that demonstrate art having a positive impact physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Visual arts, such as painting and drawing are proven to have positive affect on youth that are facing difficult challenges in their lives. Painting can unlock communication for teens that have shut others out.
“Teens who abuse substances are trying to escape feelings. That disconnects you from your body. Expressing who they are, without words, can lead to authentic connection with self. Furthermore, this allows them to make authentic connections with others.” says Kristin Wilson, MA, LPC, Director of Clinical Research at Newport Academy
Research demonstrates that at-risk students who have access to the arts, in or out of school, tend to have:
Creative arts provide pathways to positive self-expression and can be a valuable coping mechanism.
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* How Art Changes Your Brain: Differential Effects of Visual Art Production and Cognitive Art Evaluation on Functional Brain Connectivity: Anne Bolwerk, et al. Published: July 1, 2014 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0101035