Art Just Is.
Barnstone Art for Kids created the Power of Art, a comprehensive, trauma informed program that provides a compassionate mentor and an exciting curriculum, to build self competencies in a safe and supported environment helping kids develop resiliency to mitigate the risks of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). The Power of Art is a year long, trauma informed resiliency program that reinforces our 4 key values:
Building Confidence: We give children the control to take each project in the direction they choose. When a mentor supports a child’s unique vision, (s)he feels confident, empowered, and respected.
Healthy Expression: Barnstone provides fun materials and encourages each child to look at the world in a different light. Children trust they can express themselves without judgment. Kids are allowed to be kids-and have fun being creative.
Nurturing Relationships: While assisting with the creative process, our positive adult role models are attentive, empathetic, and reassuring toward each child and his or her imagination.
Inspiring Passion: We wholeheartedly believe in the old adage “it takes a village.” We invest our energy into building the right environment children need to succeed. By pairing a child and mentor, together, they create positive moments that provide hope and impact a lifetime.
The ACE and Resilience Awareness Campaign includes the creation of publications, newsletters, brochures and community resources and providing community outreach documents and presentations regarding ACE and Resilience. We must recognize that the stigma of abuse, neglect and dysfunction makes it difficult for struggling families to acknowledge their personal issues and find ways to breakdown the barriers that deter them from seeking help.