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MissionThe mission of the Arts Council for Monterey County is to improve the quality of life for everyone in our region through the arts.
The Big Idea
We plan to expand our Arts as Healing Intervention Program to serve veterans and seniors affected by trauma. Drawing on her extensive background in arts education and expressive arts therapy, Linda Pedrazzini Hevern first designed this program to help stem violence among local teens. She started with incarcerated youth and youth in alternative schools. The program has been so successful, the National Association of Counties presented us their Award for Solutions and Innovation, calling the process, methods and results “engaging, collaborative and life-changing”.
In close partnership with partner staff, Linda and her teaching artist team weave creative mastery with emotional support in a transformational process. From the start, their students become calmer. As they develop creative skills, students strengthen their capacity to cope with anxiety, communicate ideas and collaborate. Within months, students create exhibitions and murals that include personal artist statements depicting their journey. The completed artwork is a celebration and permanent reminder of what’s possible. Linda’s students will have a new perspective on their true potential for a more vibrant life.
"I can't say enough good things about this," said Marcia Parsons, chief of Monterey County Probation, of the Art as Healing Intervention Program at probation's Youth Center…They generally come to the youth center with resentment, anger — a number of negative emotions," Parsons said. "As they get involved in programs there, they start to look healthier. They smile at you, they're in school every day, so they start getting confidence in their ability to do other things. They start showing signs of a healthy young person." Salinas Californian.
- Marcia Parsons