Breaking Barriers Through Creative Arts Therapies #ARTISTS4EKF
enCourage Kids is thrilled to announce Artists for enCourage Kids.
Katrina “Kat Tat” Jackson
Artists from all over the country are coming together to create one-of-a-kind artwork on 10×12 inch pine boards in conjunction with our Breaking Barriers campaign. While Leif Becker, world record holder, prepares to break 12,000 boards in a 24-hour period on May 11th, these artists are creating inspirational works of art reflecting various barriers, issues facing society today, as well as works of hope and inspiration.
“I am overwhelmed at the caliber and scope of artists that have joined the ‘Artists for enCourage Kids’ campaign,” shares Executive Director Michele Hall-Duncan. “Listening to the artists tell their stories about the boards they have created is enlightening and inspiring. Some of them have never painted on wood before and were excited about that challenge.”
The pieces will be auctioned off on May 12th and the proceeds will support creative arts therapies in pediatric facilities.
enCourage Kids Foundation has supported creative therapies including art in the hospital setting for over two decades. Projects range from murals to art therapists, art supplies, artists in residence and so much more. Over 1.3 million in support has been provided.
“Some of these kids are in the hospital for weeks or even months at a time. I cannot imagine the frustration and powerlessness they may feel,” says Michele. “Creative therapies, especially art and music, help bring those feelings to the surface often helping clinicians to manage coping skills for the patients. For some kids, art and music are absent from their regular school curriculum as well.”
Featured artists include: Alvin Clayton | Carly Rose Sonenclar | Eric Waugh | James Warhola | Katrina “Kat Tat” Jackson | Miles Regis | Shawanna Davis | Synthia SAINT JAMES | Troy Blackman