A therapeutic art workshop can benefit just about anyone, because it is a tool for individuals to express their emotions, to any degree they want, and as often as they want, so there are no limitations in terms of age, gender, race, religion, mental state, etc. The only limitation is the access an individual may have to a professionally guided session, and that’s why when the people at Carrfour reached out to us with an idea for a collaborative project, we knew this would be a great opportunity to give back to our community, especially since there are veterans among those participating.
Paint it Out provided a Discovery Session, last October 29th, organized by Carrfour Supportive Housing for 15 people who were previously homeless, with some being veterans and some being handicapped but all fully capable of living by themselves.
The following are a few ways the workshops benefits this group in particular:
• Provides them with a non-verbal language through which they can communicate
• A way for them to document their life journeys
• It relieves them of their burdens without even having to put them into words
• Exposes them to an activity they may not have that much experience with allowing them to discover their creative sides.
What they said after the session
Since the goal of our work is that those who participate leave the session feeling better about themselves, it was important to ask them to share their experience with us, here is some things they said:
• One participant expressed how he forgot where he was and all the troubles he had while painting.
• Another one mentioned how relaxed he felt while painting and listening to classical music, a combination of things he had never done in his life.
• A few participants discovered their inner child, ditching painting tools and using their fingers and hands instead.
• Staff members who joined the group noticed how residents opened up about aspects of their lives they had never heard of before. They mentioned how some participants were laughing more than usual, while others were not getting overwhelmed with sadness or anger but remaining calm in expressing themselves.
We could not be more pleased to have donated our time and supplies for this activity, every effort to help those who’s life circumstances have driven them to the bottom make a comeback, especially those who served our country, is well worth it. We wish we could do more but as a small entity we have very limited resources, but are always looking for opportunities within our means to contribute in every way we can.