Using Visual Arts to Help At-Risk Students in MD

Nov 21, 2012

Fall update!

This class is proud of the progress they
This class is proud of the progress they've made!

We want to thank our donors. Thank you! Now in its eighth year, CREATE Arts Center’s smARTkids program is off to a great start. And we have grown! Your support has allowed us to serve a new school this year and double the number of classes we offer in another. We are working with 70 at-risk students this fall because of your generosity.

Our current smARTkids students come to class each week excited to make art, and have formed friendships and a sense of camaraderie in their groups. This happens because smARTkids is set up to create a safe space for students to take risks, build confidence, be part of a group, and improve academic skills and artistic knowledge.

A new teacher in the program this year shared, “One of my students, John, came in a few weeks ago upset about his day, which translated into frustration during our class. Throughout the process of working on our art projects – we are constructing animals out of recycled materials – I listened to his stories, and we talked about strategies to help with the problems that had arisen during his school day. Although John was initially reluctant to talk to me about his day, he was able to eventually open up. The last thing he said to me before he left that day was, “Thanks for making me feel better, Ms. Lauren.” I am thrilled to be serving students in my community through smARTkids. I have already observed positive changes in my students during our classes together this fall. They are fully engaged in the activities we do, and they thrive on the encouragement and opportunity to be creative and imaginative, and most importantly, to be themselves.”

With your continued support, the smARTkids program will serve another 50 students this winter, and 70 more in the spring.



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CREATE Arts Center

Silver Spring, MD, United States

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Heena Genti

Silver Spring, MD United States

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