BENEFITING: Lutheran Services in Tennessee Inc.
"It's so fun and makes people shine." - A MyCanvas participant
The mission of MyCanvas (Mobile Youth Community Arts: Nurturing Voices and Artistic Self-Expression) is to offer basic art skills to at-risk youth in efforts to support identity development, healthy coping skills, and community resiliency through artistic creation and expression.
We believe strong youth make for strong families, and strong families make for resilient communities, and the arts are vital for healthy coping skills and identity development in youth. In June and July 2014, MyCanvas offered a series of music and art workshops to youth in an underserved and at-risk community in North Nashville, in their own neighborhood. This is an effort to serve youth who often have limited access or exposure to arts programming, as well as, to engage community involvement in supporting our youth. The workshops culminated in an art show where the young artists invited their families and saw their artwork displayed in their own community center.
MyCanvas plans to offer these workshops during major school holidays, including fall, winter, spring, and summer breaks. This will provide creative opportunities and self-expression for youth, who are often left unsupervised and unstructured during school breaks. MyCanvas provides a Registered Art Therapist, a professional musician, and willing volunteers, but we need your financial support in making this vision happen.
Please join us as we continue to impact the lives of children and youth with the joy of creative self-expression through music and art! Help us watch the youth grow in confidence and skill, as well as, learn ways to express themselves and work with one another. Plus, the youth report having a lot of fun! Donating today will help MyCanvas offer this experience during the 2014 Metro Nashville Fall Break in October.
You can view more of the young artists’ work on Lutheran Services in Tennessee page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lutheran-Services-in-Tennessee/74198829606.