“My Feelings are a Work of Art”
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) collaborated in order to develop the 2010 Art Action. Art Action 2010 is a child-centered activity designed to take place in observance of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Using the theme “My Feelings are a Work of Art,” communities across the country will lead young children in preschool through 3rd grade in art activities, such as painting or drawing, to initiate conversations between adults and young children about having and expressing feelings.
Young children in prekindergarten programs are expelled at more than three times the rates of students in grades k-12, while preschoolers in child care centers are expelled at over 13 times the rate. This data illustrates the need to address young children’s social-emotional health. By encouraging children ages 3 to 8 to create artwork that expresses their feelings, the Art Action can help to foster discussion about young children’s social-emotional health. Through fun art activities the positive development of young children is promoted, while creating awareness of the many entities working to enrich the total well-being of young children. http://www.samhsa.gov/children/artaction.aspxy art activity.
A Child’s Voice on Violence
RCASA’s Art Action Event
RCASA’s project will utilize art to create visual conversations between children and parents on the impact of violence and for expression of feelings. We Invite Children and Parents to participate in the Workshop on Tuesday May 4th 2010 from 4 to 6 pm. All Artwork will be displayed in recognition of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 6th 2010 at Jabberwocky, 810 Caroline Street in Fredricksburg. Artwork will remain on display for Downtown’s First Friday Events on May 7th.
Please Join Us for this Event! You may RSVP to RCASA at 540-371-6771.