ART THERAPY PROGRAM
The Armory Art Center and the Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches Help Teens through the Art of Phoenix Art Therapy Program
Our Art Therapy Program began in Summer 2015.
Attention case managers, project
coordinators, and victim advocates for at-risk youth in Palm Beach County:
What: The Art of Phoenix is an Armory Art Center outreach program produced in partnership with the Human Trafficking Coalition of the
Palm Beaches. Armory instructors along with a certified art therapist conduct therapeutic
art classes to aid in the recovery of teens who are victims of human
When: Once a week for 8 week sessions. Due
to the sensitivity and confidentiality of the survivors the specific dates and
times will not be made public.
Center, 1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach,
How to register for class:
Case managers, project coordinators,
and victim advocates should send a request to HTCPB Board Member Bonnie Jo Daniels Bonniejod@cftoday.org
for more information.
Therapeutic Impact: Classes use various media to provide
restoration and healing to those at-risk or survivors of human trafficking.
These classes provide a supportive and creative environment. Classes are at
beginner level class and students will advance at their own pace.
is the therapeutic use of creating art to help heal trauma, increase
self-awareness, cope with symptoms of stress, enhance cognitive abilities, and
experience the healing potential of art.
Therapist and Teachers Report:Returning
students have indicated they love the classes and love learning about art and
about themselves in the process. They’ve
also related that the male teachers have been their first positive male role
models and that they admire their female teacher for her confidence in being a successful
woman. Students largely have said the art classes and therapy provide them a
sense of peace and pride.
Walnock, Armory ceramics instructor, described an assignment calling for the
students to sculpt a shoe. “We used their actual feet to cut an initial
footprint in the clay so that each shape began as distinctly theirs. From
there the shoe could take any form. The work spoke to where they’ve been,
where there are, and most importantly where and who they dream to be.
This final project clearly defined the positive progression each individual
made in their technical skill and their outlook for the future.”
How can you support the Art of Phoenix program? To
sponsor a teen in full or in part please visit the Armory Art Center’s website at https://www.armoryart.org/phoenix
and make your charitable contribution.
Vision: The Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches is providing an art therapy program that continue the healing and restoration process for survivors of domestic sex trafficking.
Program Goals: The goals of art therapy are similar to other forms of therapy. Survivors can increase their self-esteem, facilitate the ability to express and label emotions, decrease maladaptive coping skills, provide a forum for exploring feelings, provide a sense of autonomy, help identify personal growth goals, reduce anxiety, and develop a sense of empowerment through the making of art.
Objective: We will host an eight-week session that will meet once per week for three hours, four times during a calendar year. During these eight week sessions, the art therapist and teacher will deal with human development, psychological matters, artistic traditions, and the life-affirming pleasures of making art.
Funding: Initially, we will seek donations from private individuals and foundations. However, our long-term goal is to be self-sustaining through grants, private donations, and business donations.
Budgeting: The cost is $62.50 per child, per session. You can sponsor a child for a full program of 8 sessions for $500 or 15 children to receive the full program of 8 sessions for $7500. The annual series of four 8-week sessions will cost approximately $45,000. These totals includes the cost of facility, administration, materials, art teacher, and art therapist.
YOUTH ART THERAPY REFERRALS:
Due to security concerns, referrals will be subject to intake and confidentiality rules. Participants are youth ages 12-17 years of age that have a history of being trafficked or who have been identified by service providers as being at risk.
Email any referrals to Bonnie Jo Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support!