For the first time since we opened our gallery, over a year ago, we are keeping an installation for an additional Art Walk. We wanted to give the Art Walk community a chance to help such a meaningful program as Casa Cultural, Saybrook. This Thursday we will be taking donations for the program and present them to the program’s director. Any contribution will help the program purchase art supplies, repurposed chairs and art books.
Casa Cultural Saybrook in Cobá Gallery
All proceeds will go to Casa Cultural and help put a paint brush in a child’s hands. If you are an artist or have any artistic inklings you know art means so much more than that. The collection includes works from children ages 3-12, two chairs were collaborated on by a pair of three year olds.
Research confirms that youth vandalize and join gangs in search of recognition, achievement and self expression. A longitudinal study of 25,000 students revealed that involvement in the arts leads to greater success in school, regardless of socio economic status. The study links significant cognitive and developmental benefits to involvement in the arts (higher grades, increased community service activity, and lower dropout rates) (NAPD).
Voices of the Disappeared Children, Casa Cultural
When you walk in to our gallery you will see a row of framed art to your right (see above), this is the collection of the “Voices of the Disappeared Children.” These are unclaimed works of art created by children who have been deported or who disappeared with their families.
US citizen or not, children of undocumented workers are faced with a tough choice if their parents’ status is discovered. These children have the option of being deported with their families or stay in the US as citizens and live in the foster system. Many times, as is the case with some of these children, families have to move under the cover of night– leaving their homes and lives behind to avoid deportation. Art, not only gives children an opportunity to express themselves but also shine a light on a greater issue.
Regardless of your feelings on immigration and undocumented workers, what is certain is the Casa Cultural program helps children learn team building skills (collaborating on chairs), coping mechanism (art as therapy for autistic students) and channel creative expression (for at risk youth who would otherwise be home alone after school).