“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Stereotypically people walk into any of our two Breaking the Cycles sites and do not expect to see Art, in fact I am not sure what they expected to see, I can guess it has something to do with the prejudice held for young people pro-criminally motivated to navigate this Economic matrix.
Well I have a sad tale to share, this is not true, walk into any of our sites and walk into murals, collages, and even doodles of healing, of expression, and of new self worth, see its simple we know our young people live in their Arts, we know our young people learn through their Arts, and as the schools strip away, and the government devalues Art and Arts based programming/curriculum we see the effects in young people who cannot dream, vision, imagine, and see more than our concrete world as presented them, so we place a pencil, a crayon, a marker, a mic, a floor in front of young people and stand back to bear witness to human expression, engagement, and life renewed.
Young people tooled with Art, are young people who are more empathetic, more abstract, more creative, more resilient, and more whole than they’ve ever been, and I do not need a quantitative nor qualitative outcome report to demonstrate this, just ask them, and they’ll creatively, with a myriad of colorful words, illustrated language and beautifully articulated poetics say so them self, I did, and I grew up with the Arts, so at the very least I am biased.