...and the Youth Advisory Board is taking over! Every other week, members of the YAB will share their perspective on the work happening at heARTS and the value it has had in their lives. Many of these youth have been with us since the very beginning and are committed to making courageous heARTS a safe space for young creatives for years to come! Posts will rotate between YAB members so you will get to hear from all of them over the course of the year.
I wouldn't be doing my job, if I didn't take the opportunity to tell you about a couple awesome projects the YAB has in the works.
The weekend of the LoLa Art Crawl - Aug. 23rd and 24th - the YAB is planning an Art Crawl Bake Sale from 10a-4p both days. Many of them will be baking and have also enlisted the help of family and friends to ensure we have a full selection of goods- even gluten free and vegan options! If you are around, we hope you will stop in to purchase some yummy treats and learn more about our mission. We also hope to have our Doodle murals in the back parking lot for some creative community building!
We have all the bakers we need for this event, but if you are available to support the space during the sale we would love your help with a shift!
The other project the YAB is working on is in conjunction with the City of Minneapolis' Blueprint for Action. We have been awarded a grant from the city to create an art project that works on youth violence prevention in our communities. The project they designed will use polaroid pictures to create a dialogue about the ways and reasons that people fight. It is called "Why Fight?" I'll let them tell you more about it in a future post, but will leave you with a sampling of the kind of pictures we'll be taking at pop-up locations near South and Roosevelt.
An essential element of courageous heARTS programming is that we will implement a trauma-informed approach to our work. What does it mean to be trauma informed?
According to the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care, "When a human service program takes the step to become trauma-informed, every part of its organization, management, and service delivery system is assessed and potentially modified to include a basic understanding of how trauma affects the life of an individual seeking services. Trauma-informed organizations, programs, and services are based on the understanding of the vulnerabilities or triggers of trauma survivors that traditional service delivery approaches may exacerbate, so that these services and programs can be more supportive and avoid re-traumatization."
Our goal is to provide training to all of our volunteers, staff and board members about the causes of trauma and its effects on the body, mind and spirit. We hope that many of you with an interest in volunteering with courageous heARTS can attend the upcoming training being offered at our space about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Please check out our other blog post about the ACE Study and the important information it has gathered.
We hope you will register to attend this great -- and FREE -- training opportunity by clicking the button below.
Art has the innate capacity to be a container for our hopes, dreams, fears and heartaches. By creating a space free from judgment— that focuses on the process of art making rather than the quality of the product— we hope to open new worlds of possibility for the youth who walk through our doors. Our Principles of Process will be an essential element of our arts programming.
The sun is shining, the snow is melting and we have awesome news to share!
Today, we were awarded a grant from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs in partnership with the Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association to develop our Youth Advisory Board (YAB) and infuse youth voice (and art) into the community. We are very excited and honored to have been chosen for this Neighborhood Partnership Initiative!
With these funds, we will have the capacity to build the YAB and develop 2-3 community art projects over the summer that will engage the neighborhood in issues important to our youth.
The Advisory Board will consist of 10 youth who meet the following criteria:
Youth who are interested or want to learn more should contact Lindsay: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please consider sharing the flyer below if you know someone that might want to be involved!
Between 1995-97, the Center for Disease Control conducted the first Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. This groundbreaking study asked adults to identify adverse childhood experiences such as abuse, neglect and family dysfunction. The ACE Study shows a statistical link between the prevalence of those experiences and physical/emotional health outcomes later in life. The original ACE Study found that nearly 64% of adults surveyed had at least one adverse childhood experience-- with nearly 1 in 5 of those, experiencing four or more.
On Monday, the Minnesota Department of Health released it's own ACE Study. It found that 55% of Minnesotan's have had at least one adverse experience in childhood. Of those, 1 in 4 have experienced four or more. This data is significant and shows the need for programs like courageous heARTS. In today's Star Tribune coverage of this study, Dr. David McCollum from the Dept. of Health reported that "the findings do not mean that someone has an unchangeable "destiny" just because of problems in youth. It does mean the state needs to understand the risk factors and help children and adults cope."
It doesn't matter what you call it-- adverse experiences, trauma, or heart hurts-- the stress is toxic to our minds and our bodies. courageous heARTS wants to help heal these wounds by building courage in our young hearts.
This blog is written by our Creative Community Apprentices, members of our Youth Advisory Board, and other occasional guests.