It is great to be able to write this post! It captures one of the reasons why The Art Therapy Alliance exists: to use social media as a way to promote art therapy, the work of art therapists and build community. Back in November 2011, our friends The Dreaming Zebra Foundation (DZF) and The Maslow Project connected through The Art Therapy Alliance’s Facebook Page after this Mail Tribune news article was posted on our wall.
In April 2010, The Art Therapy Alliance and International Art Therapy Organization partnered with DZF, a 501c 3 organization founded in Portland, Oregon with the interest of promoting greater access to the arts for children and young adults through charitable donations of art and music supplies to support individuals, schools, and other nonprofit organizations serving youth and the arts. With the help of volunteers, donors, and sponsors, DZF provides new and gently recycled art supplies, musical instruments, and other creative resources to those in need, while raising community awareness and support for arts education.
Dawne Camera of DZF read the news article, which included a request for art supplies to help The Maslow Project’s new art therapy program under the coordination of Art Therapist Lacey Renae. The Maslow Project serves at risk homeless youth in Oregon through providing resources for basic needs, removing barriers to education, employment, and fostering self-sufficiency in a collaborative and empowering environment.
DZF expressed an interest in helping The Maslow Project on the Art Therapy Alliance’s FB wall. From there, I made contact with the Maslow Project through their website with DZF’s information, interest and how to make a donation request through their website. The Maslow Project followed up with this connection and from there DZF hit the ground running to help provide needed materials, which also included securing a $250 donation from Blick Art Materials for their Art Room Aid List so the program could obtain acrylic paints. Wow!
Below is a picture of Lacey from The Maslow Project’s FB Page with an arrival of some art materials beginning to come in from DZF. Lacey shares that The Maslow Project would not be in the position to start drop-in art studio hours (beginning in February) without the generous help of DZF. DZF has also commited to be an ongoing supporter of The Maslow Project! You can read more about DZF’s success stories to other programs in need of supplies here.
Kudos to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation for reaching out through social media to help The Maslow Project and their commitment to help a developing art therapy program for at-risk youth get started! Best wishes to Lacey as her program gets up and running! This all makes me smile!