The results are nothing short of magical
The special projects brought a higher level of involvement and commitment by the youth, for instance, having to return the next day or the next week to finish their prints or mural project. The mural projects, in particular, required that the youth work together in design and painting. After two years of operating Afterschool Art, Dr. Grossmann has come to the conclusion that delivering “quality programs” are important. The special projects involved some of the youth who had participated in the weekly art classes at either the group home or emergency shelter. Dr. Grossmann worked with Hale Kipa to identify youth that would benefit from a scholarship to attend regular sessions of art classes held at Linekona. For example, one teenage girl at the Loulu Street group home attended a six week summer class; Hale Kipa supported her by assisting with transportation.
Some basic mentoring skills were met, as the artists worked with the youth to assure that they participated fully and achieved their best work. Several of the projects required group effort and teamwork. At some classes, Dr. Grossmann distributed copies of the book, Life’s Lessons; this helped facilitate some discussion on ways that art link to everyday life and ways to strengthen one’s personal philosophy. These books were purchased with funds from the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust.
Also, for example, during the teaching of Chinese brush painting, the concepts of using art setting intentionality, having control over one’s brush (and the parallel of life’s journey), the concept of Yin and Yang (the contrasts of “black against white” and the inherent dichotomies) were discussed.
This grant “built on” the Hale Kipa portions of the two previous Cooke and Campbell Grants (2004-05); hence, the previous involvement and support by Hale Kipa for the various art programs made the (re)start-up of the programs quite straightforward.
Generally, the grant continued to help support the development of a cadre of professional artists more able and interested to work effectively with youth-at-risk. Running series of classes where the various artists communicate also helps to better educate artists as to what works best.
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