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The mission of the Arts Council for Monterey County is to improve the quality of life for everyone in our region through the arts. Our comprehensive approach includes grants, training, and consulting for nonprofit art programs plus teaching artist residencies, public awareness campaigns and community art programs wherever they are needed.
The Big Idea
Specially trained teaching artists provide a series of developmental art classes to help students affected by trauma develop their creativity, build resilience and develop a more hopeful outlook.
Social scientists and neuroscientists are finding that the arts are the answer for helping people affected by trauma and traumatic circumstances to more fully heal. (Americans for the Arts, 2017). With our program, specially trained teaching artists under the direction of the award-winning arts educator Linda Pedrazzini Hevern will work with groups of students to develop their creativity, build resilience, and develop more hope about their future in a series of classes. In the first ten weeks, students begin to explore shapes, colors and feelings through mask making around the world. In the next ten weeks, they develop their confidence and communication skills while exploring imagery of the natural world. In their final ten weeks, they work on refining their artistic skills and further improve their capacity to work with a group as they all work to develop, refine and complete work that is professionally curated in a community showcase. We are continuing to build on the great success Linda Hevern has had with youth at the Probation Department Youth Center in the past few years. Arts as Healing / Intervention will provide capacity to serve at least 100 students at other sites.
The art classes helped me to become more calm. I even drew sometimes on my own whenever I felt stressed. The best part was the family show – our art was all over the youth center and we went one by one talking about our art. It was great to show our parents what we could do. It felt good to show them I was doing something positive. It was also a good experience to talk in front of a large audience. (Incarcerated Student, Arts as Healing Program at the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center, 2017)
— Jose Z, Age 16, Salinas