Art As Catharsis Creates Exceptional Works

May 14, 2012

(L-R): Brandon Towns, San Pedro H.S.; Arpine Kevirjirkian, John Marshall H.S.; and Selina Acosta, Sierra Vista H.S. Images courtesy of Light Bringer Project

Exploration through art can reveal details about ourselves, illustrate emotional journeys, produce provocative thoughts, and instigate powerful experiences.

Expressing Feelings Through Art (EFTA) is an arts and literacy program for high school students in Los Angeles County.

“Students are challenged to create works of art that tell stories that hold personal meaning for them. Topics run the gamut of subject matter and emotional tone, and are often as moving as they are original,” according to ETFA’s partner Light Bringer Project, which is also collaborating with Mental Health America of Los Angeles. “The students must also engage in a writing exercise to shed light on their visual imagery, which creates a thoughtful articulation of the stories they are artistically driven to tell.”

Six hundred students participate yearly and at the end of the program, artwork is submitted and a jury of community artists and writers present awards and offer small scholarships. The program is partially funded by the W. M. Keck Foundation.

Throughout the process, participating teachers help their students understand the traditional and contemporary techniques of their craft, and act as mentors to help “help strengthen their creative voices.”

Expressing Feelings Through Art
Sunday, May 20th, 2-4 p.m.
Art Center College of Design, South Campus
950 S. Raymond Street
For more info, visit the Light Bringer Project



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