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Finding ‘Safe Spaces’ Through the Arts

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Discovering ways for children to escape our busy world…

One of the challenges for young people today, is there are very few ‘safe spaces’ to escape the busy world. Generations ago, a rural life afforded hours of uninterrupted time to contemplate life and enjoy the beauty of nature. For most of this generation life is rushed and spent travelling between destinations.

Teaching young people how to escape into themselves (in a healthy way) is an important survival skill which is overlooked in traditional educational facilities. Albert Einstein wrote “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions” …and “I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking”. The importance of nurturing creativity cannot be overestimated.

The words of Lana David (founder of Autism Unites) ring true for most parents “Behavior is communication. Change the environment and behaviors will change.” Enriching your child’s experience by offering them the opportunity to explore different art practices offers them a safe space to escape this busy world. When you are immersed in the act of creating, your mind is open to possibilities and can find solutions to the challenges in other areas of life. Attending regular art programs allows young people to develop a confidence in their art making abilities and teaches them another language for self-expression.

American author, poet and teacher Stephen K. Levine writes, “The arts, as media of the imagination, are disciplines which give form and substance to our capacity to be who we are. Each artistic medium embodies the imagination in a concrete and specific way.”

At the Art Gallery of Burlington we are committed to wellness in both children and adults, and we offer a broad range of programs to stimulate imaginations. We invite you to explore the ‘safe spaces’ at the AGB where we strive to ‘free minds, feed spirits and build community”.

By Leslie Page – AGB Creative Programs Advisor

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