Calling all creatives …
Whether you are professional or just a hobbyist, if you paint, write, draw, dance, sculpt, sew, act, sing, perform, photograph, film, record, etc … your passion will make a difference through I AM ART.
I AM ART is a service trip specifically for people who are passionate about creative arts. Team members from around the world gather together to empower at-risk youth through creative arts and God’s greater story of redemption.
I AM ART enriches the lives of at-risk children by using creative arts to show them the power of their true potential. Our teams help kids discover the uniqueness of who they are in God’s greater story, and unlock the possibilities of what they can be. Everyone can dream. Everyone has a story. Everyone is art. Our goal is to help each child find the art within so they can change the way they see the world around them. This changes their course. This changes their community. This changes EVERYTHING.
The I AM ART curriculum guides participants through the elements of their story to unlock their potential.
• Team building and creative exploration
• Teaching workshops at an art camp
• Art Show with the community
• Sight seeing
• Optional excursions after camp
TEAM MEMBER ROLES
Storytellers / Blogwriters
NOTE: You don’t have to be a professional creative. you just need to want to make a difference through creativity.
The Athentikos Story
Born out of adoption …
We founded Athentikos in response to our adoptions.
I AM ART MODEL
I AM ART transforms the lives of both the at-risk youth and the creative.
We cannot remove pain and conflict from our story, but we can change how we respond to it. I AM ART connects our personal story to God’s greater story of redemption, so we can rest in the peace of our true identity: Art of the Great I AM.
One of the most important parts of a story is the element of surprise – the twist in the plot that illuminates deeper meaning. Cognitive psychology recognizes the importance of the “discrepant event”: something with an unexpected outcome that is remembered because it engages our brain, encouraging problem solving and critical thinking.
I AM ART uses the surprise of conflict in a creative process to help us process the conflict in our personal story through external symbolism. This process allows us to safely explore conflict and challenges us to think about our healthy responses that will help heal trauma.
BENEFITS OF CREATIVITY
CONNECTION BETWEEN ART & HEALING
There is evidence that engagement with artistic activities, either as an observer of the creative efforts of others or as an initiator of one’s own creative efforts, can enhance one’s moods, emotions, and other psychological states as well as have a salient impact on important physiological parameters.
We reviewed research in the area of art and healing in an effort to determine the creative therapies most often employed. Four primary therapies emerged: music engagement, visual arts therapy, movement-based creative expression, and expressive writing. In these forms of expression, arts modalities and creative processes are used during intentional interventions to foster health.
The idea that creative expression can make a powerful contribution to the healing process has been embraced in many different cultures. Throughout recorded history, people have used pictures, stories, dances, and chants as healing rituals. There has been much philosophical and anecdotal discussion about the benefits of art and healing, but less empirical research exists in the literature. In fact, although arts therapy has been used clinically for more than a century and has been recognized as a profession since 1991, much of the published work is theoretical in nature, with little discussion of specific outcomes. Only in recent years have systematic and controlled studies examined the therapeutic effects and benefits of the arts and healing.
US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
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