Self-expression and creativity are universal functions of the human experience. This Spring, VeryHuman is expanding its education program with the creation of an ART GROUP. This group aims to help our members:
- Explore their emotions
- Build self-esteem
- Relieve stress
- Cope with a physical illness or disability
- Manage addictions
- Improve symptoms of anxiety and depression
VeryHuman will showcase our members’ artwork during our annual holiday gala in December.
ESTIMATED COST FOR ART GROUP ACTIVITIES:
- Art activities will be capped at $5 per person.
- Attendance will be limited to 20 members per session.
- Art Group will run for 8 months (April – November) in the year.
Total estimated cost of Art Supplies: $1600
ESTIMATED COST FOR DECEMBER HOLIDAY ART GALA
- Venue Cost Estimate (Peerspace: "open warehouse" on Skid Row)
Hourly rate: $125 (min. 4 hrs) = $500
Door Security: $35-$55 hour (4 hours)= $220
Hors D'oeuvres: $500
Total estimated cost of Art Gala: $1350
✫ Los Angeles
⌚ 2 hour classes (twice a month, April-November)
✎ Art supplies provided
☺ Offered in English (Spanish translators on-site)
👤 20 members per class (maximum attendance)
Why is there a need for an art group?
Creative expression has been shown to naturally calm the body, reduce blood pressure, and even release chemicals in the brain that decrease illness-related depression (such as HIV).
Expressing oneself through coloring, drawing, painting, sculpting, or collaging makes our thoughts, feelings, and ideas tangible and communicates what we sometimes cannot say through words alone.
Through working with art materials, learning new skills, and developing ideas through visual media, often people feel a sense of self-satisfaction, personal achievement, and accomplishment.
No artistic talent is necessary for our members to succeed, because the therapeutic process is not about the artistic value of the work, but rather about reflection on the creative choices made and our members’ inner worlds. Their artwork can be used as a catalyst for self-awareness and may reveal messages and beliefs otherwise unseen.