Art as therapy for kids: check out the exhibitions
Art as a therapy for children has been proven to be effective in helping young patients cope with physical, mental, as well as emotional difficulties. Here are two children art exhibitions you might want to check out.
The “Welcome to Gulu” art exhibition at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in Manhattan is one of a kind. The pieces of art it is exhibiting and selling are depicting one of the most horrendous of crimes – human trafficking and were painted by the children who have experienced this crime first hand. The 200 paintings on exhibit are works young artists who were former child soldiers and abducted girls from Gulu, a place in northern Uganda. They were unveiled in May at the New York headquarters of the United Nations. The works were produced in the framework of an art therapy project by critically acclaimed New York artist Ross Bleckner last January. These unique paintings seen through the eyes of abused and traumatized children will be on sale until this Saturday 13th June so it’s not yet too late to go and check them out. Proceeds from the sale will be allocated to helping the children of Gulu so it’s for a worthy cause.
Meanwhile, the Oncolink Art Gallery is a project of the cancer survivor site OncoLink and is featuring art works of the pediatric cancer patients at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Through art, children with the serious and life-threatening diseases can express their feelings, their hopes and fears. “Confronting cancer through art is an exhibition by people whose lives have been touched by cancer.”