Art Therapy Workshops
Through this project, I can facilitate workshops in which I share my ability to turn emotions into art so that my peers in Liberia have an outlet to share their story.
After Liberia faced a devastating civil war in the 90’s the country was never able to build itself back up. A lot of rural areas are still suffering from the war and are living in extreme poverty. Stuck in the cycle of poverty, young Liberians never got the chance to have their voices heard, leaving many unhealed from their traumatic experiences.
This project hopes to help amplify the voices of those who never got the chance to speak on their experiences and reflect on their past. Telling one’s story can greatly heal them from any past or current trauma, and having the resources to do it through art can be truly therapeutic. Research shows that art therapy has commonly helped people feel more in control of their own lives, and helps relieve anxiety and depression. To me, it relieves a built up tension inside, and many others relate to this. The proposal for a workshop-based art therapy program in Save More Kids will contribute to the healing process of people in the Liberian communities.
The main objectives of this project are going to Liberia and carrying out the workshops. In those, to teach about art and sustainable materials, and how to further the idea of art therapy so it will reach the wider community. After finishing the projects and initial pieces I would bring them home with me and start to work on an online gallery to publish the work. This would be a part of Save More Kids but most likely its own website promoted on the main SMK page. With the work an artist’s statement would be paired with it, written by the artist.
The highest goal as of right now would be to find a local art museum and work with them to make an in person exhibit for all of the artwork and potential future work too.