Cultivating Creativity for Life
Organized by: Sembrando Creatividad
Ready, Set, Go!
April 29, 2016
As many of you know, my fellow social work colleagues and I spent 4 months last fall studying and working in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While there, some of us were fortunate to work with an inspiring grassroots organization called Grano de Mostaza at their program Sembrando Creatividad (seeding creativity), which completely captivated us with their community-oriented culture. Sembrando works directly in and with the most vulnerable communities in the city, where children face a daily risk of food insecurity, violence, unstable and unsanitary housing and suboptimal parenting. Additionally, they attend school for only 4 hours per day, leaving important developmental learning needs unmet and placing them at further risk of engaging with the surrounding community violence and vulnerabilities. This young organization has renovated dilapidated buildings in these villas (informal shanty towns) and city orphanages to help hundreds of vulnerable children and families gain access to services and safety. The art therapy workshops integrate play, education and art in order to foster emotional and social development that is critical to offsetting the impact of the harsh realities within their homes and communities.
We have seen first hand the challenges of this community. The workshops assist in overcoming these challenges by enhancing the strength inherent in each child and building the following attributes:
- critical, creative, and lateral thinking
- abstract thinking
- tolerance for frustration
- social skills
- strong sense or morals
All children deserve the best chance at success, and this phenomenal organization is working to give them that chance. Though the children no longer have a physical presence in our lives, their plight for success remains dear to our hearts. The organization has recently encountered some obstacles with funding, providing us the chance to share their brilliant work and collectively support this important mission. We are hoping to raise $6,000 in the next few weeks in order to help them sustain their program for this school year. Any size gift will have an impact.
Your donations will go towards:
- paint & paint brushes
- coloring materials (color pencils, crayons, etc.)
- snacks for these children living in hunger
- and staffing the team leaders
Please feel free to share this mission and get in touch with me directly if you have any questions. I strongly believe your donation will have a real impact and I am incredibly grateful for anything you can offer.
Please read on for more information about Sembrando Creatividad and theory behind their incredible work:
Sembrando Creatividad has been built on the idea that art plays a crucial role in life development of these children as a result of the emotions different forms of art evoke. There are a myriad of benefits, including art in education and youth development. Communicative and educational art especially for children and adolescents that belong to disadvantaged social classes is being tested as a way to improve economic and social situations of various groups around the world. It involves a process of social transformation, where the main change does not come from outside transformation, but rather from internal transformation and the ability to cope. This has become an extremely useful tool for working with themes related to personal history, place of birth, and situations of disadvantage. It motivates participants to engage in their community to improve their situation.
Further, through the medium of art the children learn to express their thoughts and feelings in a safe and respectful way. Through art each child can find a place of uniqueness and individuality, and every child within the group finds a sense of value from the fellow children and from the facilitators. This is both liberating and transformative for the children. Shortly after beginning the workshop, the children become more content and secure within themselves, their self-esteem improves, and they learn to communicate how they feel and what they need.
Art creates new ways of learning in which children develop an ample capacity to communicate and create interpersonal relationships. The workshops promote both group and individual work, learning how to share, respect, social cohesion, all of which are indispensible to achieving social change.