The arts have the power to heal a wounded heart and renew the soul in each of us. Healing Arts Family Connection (HAFC) recognizes that the creative process strengthens individual potential, helps builds healthy relationships and enriches a sense of community. HAFC believes that today's family is more that the traditional roles of the past. In addition to individual family structures, we believe that that family, in a multicultural and multi-dynamic environment is a unique social system that extends into the community.
By offering the "arts as healing", it is our mission to help individuals, families and multicultural communities develop better communication, heal emotional pain, and address challenges situations. HAFC is committed to providing comprehensive creative arts services and programming to all in need. We utilize the talents of professional teaching artists, musicians, and dancers as well as creative arts therapists for our high quality programs. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of the community by partnering with agencies within the NY/NJ metropolitan who have similar goals.
Healing Arts Family Connection has been creating community based programs for the past several years by collaborating with partner agencies and local sponsors. We are dedicated to growing our services and providing families and individuals what the current needs are.
Family Creative Arts groups have been a successful collaboration with Hudson CMO Partnership and Family Support Organization since 2010. HAFC utilized a grant form the Florence Tyson Foundation to help fund a unique program that addressed the needs of the community in Jersey City. Care takers had the opportunity to join their children for Art Therapy sessions as well as participate in a support group separate from their children. Children learned social and communication skills in an intensive behavioral based creative arts program, while parents learned new coping and relaxation techniques.
Open Studio was a wonderful program that ran in River Vale, NJ from February 2011- May 2012. This program was designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders along with their siblings and parents joining in. Although the atmosphere was casual, the art therapist still structured creative activities that helped children with their sensory and social needs. There was a sense of community and sharing both through the art as well verbal exchanges. All ages were able to work together and enjoy the visual arts in a safe and accepting environment.