This past week, Leah and I had the opportunity to visit the home of a local art teacher who leads art therapy sessions at the shelter where our clients are housed during their recovery process.
I went there to select artwork that will be featured on the cover of our office Christmas card, but I left there with much more than that. As I talked with the art teacher, whose name is Bambi, she helped me understand the importance of providing a creative outlet for our clients. During her sessions, she allows clients to experiment with different kinds of materials and styles. She commented that many of our clients have never had the opportunity to “create” anything of their own.
Bambi remarked that: “[art] just does something for their soul.” For so many of our clients, rescue is only the beginning of a very long process to experiencing total freedom, and art therapy seems to be an outlet that unlocks a part of someone that nothing else will.
In 2010, Bambi is planning an exhibit that will feature client artwork.