Art as an Intervention Tool

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Almoubarak, age 12, painting on the Peaceful Cohabitation Mural, Goudoubo Refugee Camp, Burkina Faso, June 2014.

Colors of Connection utilizes art because it is a distinctly dynamic intervention tool for youth and communities that has a powerful therapeutic and developmental impact. The United Nations declared access to and enjoyment of the arts as a human right in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and there is compelling evidence that involvement in the arts has a unique capacity to heal the mind and body and is necessary for the full development of individuals.

We cultivate well-being of individuals and communities by:

    Healing Trauma:  Engagement in creative activities reconnects a traumatized person to their emotions, thoughts, and their physical body, allowing them to reframe the trauma and approach it in a less rigid way.

    Providing age-appropriate mediums for emotional expression: Creating art allows for easier expression of emotions by creating a safe and private space and helps an individual to define or refine their values while processing those emotions.

    Building motivation, self-efficacy,and self-esteem: Youth who participate in projects are required to take an active role in the process, which enhances their sense of self and their belief in their ability to direct their lives.

    Providing a platform and voice for individuals and communities to address issues that are important to them: Public art allows underdeveloped and disadvantaged communities to collaboratively and creatively disseminate significant ideas within the community itself as well as with the world through technological media.

We promote the development of youth by:

    Reducing delinquency in at-risk youth: Creative activities enable at-risk youth to break out of past negative behavior and have the chance to interact with the world in a new and positive way, which then positively influences their social interactions.

    Enhancing youth’s ability to work with others and communicate ideas: Youth who experience the challenges of shyness, anxiety, depression, and anger are able to build positive relationships with peers more easily within the social constructs of a designed program where their artistic expressions and skills provide an alternate way for them to communicate and to gain recognition among their peers.

    Developing more talents in children: Arts activities engage 75% of one hundred measurable talents such as interpersonal skills, problem-solving, and making associations. In contrast, standard education only utilizes ten-to-fifteen of these talents.

    Engaging all cognitive and mental processes: The arts engage and stimulate all nineteen different cognitive processes as defined by the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning, including memory, comprehension, application of ideas, creativity, analysis, and evaluation.

    Promoting civic engagement: Through their participation in creating public arts, youth become engaged in improving their community, which creates a feeling of belonging and ownership of one’s community and thus promotes further civic engagement.

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