Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Two of my favorite organizations working together
Art heals.

Creativity provides an outlet through which we can safely and honestly express our emotions – fear, anger, sadness, anxiety, confusion, just to name a few - following a tragic event. It also allows us to find beauty in a world where, at that particular moment in our personal history, none exists.

Joplin residents experienced this need for creative expression after the May 22, 2011 tornado.  Writers wrote, singers sang, musicians composed, painters painted, photographers photographed.  Everywhere we looked, art graced the city’s walls, sidewalks, galleries, homes, and schools. 

One organization that led efforts to help children heal after the storm was Art Feeds, a local non-profit organization that has turned global in their efforts to help children grow and heal through creative expression.  And, one of the cool things about Art Feeds and the success they encountered through their therapeutic programs is that not only did elementary aged kids benefit from their efforts, but high school kids did, as well.  By volunteering their talent and time to facilitate programs in grade schools in Joplin, kids from local high schools also experienced much-needed post-storm healing. 

They also learned the significance of helping others during a time of need.

Following the floods that devastated a portion of Colorado earlier this fall, Joplin High School and Art Feeds have teamed up to help provide therapeutic art classes and lessons to students of Estes Park, CO.  Together they are hoping to raise funds to supply art packs to over 500 students at Estes Park Elementary.  Additionally, they will provide instructional support to help volunteers empower kids to express themselves through creative outlets in order to assist in the healing process.

And this campaign is led entirely by students.

Please take a moment to watch the following video – produced by students at Joplin High School – and learn about how the Next Generation is changing the world around us. 

P.S.:  The students need to raise $9,700 to help with expenses for the art packs and transportation.  Please consider making a donation or sponsoring an event today

I thank you, the students of Joplin High School thank you, and the residents of Estes Park thank you for your kindness and generosity.

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