Art Works! Prevention Programs for Youth and Communities

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DIANE Publishing, 1997 - Social Science - 96 pages
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Profiles model arts-based substance abuse prevention programs for youth & communities in a variety of disciplines & settings. Highlighted programs include: Tuscon's Project Choli & Old Pascua Youth Artists; San Francisco's Vietnamese Youth Dev. Center Peer Resource Program; Bronx Council on the Arts, WritersCorp; CHIL'ART Playwrights Program of New Brunswick, N.J.; Little Rock's CornerStone Project NETworks Center; Chicago's Music Theater Workshop Under Pressure series; Iowa City's United Action for Youth Synthesis Arts Workshop; & Teen Resource Project/New Visions/Nueva Visiones Theater of Holyoke, MA.

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A wonderful series of case studies that had a broad influence on the emerging field of teaching artistry during our formative years. Eighteen years later this writing is still a valuable resource.

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Page 1975 - It can turn around a troubled teenager, help a child kick drugs, get young men and women off the streets and into creative and constructive pursuits Art can change attitudes, build self-esteem and redirect the path of the wayward. Art can prevent despair. Extravagant claims? I have witnessed the power of the arts to effect these changes in children at programs such as the ones described in this publication. By giving young people alternatives to destructive behavior, the arts channel energy into...
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Page 1982 - We have to realize that a creative being lives within ourselves, whether we like it or not, and that we must get out of its way
Page 1982 - ... isolation. Here, it is seen and consistently treated as the life factor that varies from the previously given order, and that in varying transforms in some measure that from which it departs, even in the very act of receiving and using it. This creativity is ' the meaning of artistic activity — which is manifested not just in what are regarded as the fine arts, but in all forms of life that are not tied down to what is established by custom and convention. In re-creating them in its own way...
Page 1974 - Prevention programs have long used, the arts in their activities to reach at-risk youth and promote prevention messages. From the poster contest organized by a local community center to the touring professional theater group, the arts have played an important prevention role not only in communicating positive messages, but also by involving young people in positive activities that build lifeenhancing skills.
Page 1982 - Most of all, they offer us a more optimistic outlook than the perspective that can be gleaned from the literature on the negative consequences of perinatal trauma, caregiving deficits, and chronic poverty. They provide us with a corrective lens — an awareness of the self-righting tendencies that move children toward normal adult development under all but the most persistent adverse circumstances.
Page 1975 - When faced with the serious threats that drugs. by combining resources and talents. Their lessons are highlighted in this book. and these programs should encourage all of us to envision new collaborations for the sake of our youth that extend beyond traditional boundaries. As I have said before, give a child a paintbrush or a pen. and he's less likely to pick up a needle or a gun. Give a child hope through the arts, and you lust may save his life.
Page 1974 - lead agency for improving the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment, and mental health services in the United States.

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