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Community Gallery: Art for Growth and Healing

Sep 5 – 30 2018

Seattle Art Museum

First Floor Corridor

10 AM – 5 PM


My drawings helped me to understand my feelings and my negative energy. Everything that I didn’t want to express in words, I expressed in my drawings.

– ART WITH HEART PROGRAM PARTICIPANT, AGE 16, FRIENDS OF YOUTH

Art for Growth and Healing is a collection of art created by kids and youth facing significant adversity, who have participated in Art with Heart’s therapeutic creative expression programs throughout the Seattle metro area. The exhibit showcases brave storytelling and emotional exploration through art, using media like acrylic paint, oil pastels, and printmaking.

About the artists

The young artists sharing their work are from Northgate Elementary School, Brettler Family Place, and Friends of Youth. They represent a variety of cultures, and range from age 6 to 17.

In these programs, they use different art media to identify, process, and cope with big emotions that have occurred as a result of various events in their lives, such as the loss of loved ones and exposure to violence. In this exhibit, these young people have used creative expression to communicate their experiences, to capture feelings, to create community, and to ultimately tell their stories. Please join us in honoring their brave work as they share their projects with the world.

Art with Heart is a nonprofit based in Seattle and working around the country, using art to help kids build resilience and heal from trauma. Art with Heart believes all kids should be given access to tools that support healthy social and emotional development. They have a unique portfolio of books for kids that were built by artists and mental health professionals from around the country, and companion curricula for the adults who support them. These resources use creative expression to help kids learn how to identify, manage, and cope with big emotions, and build resilience.

Image: Making My Way, linoleum block, printmaking ink. Made by a Friends of Youth resident during Art with Heart's Chill & Spill Program, Age: 17.