In an expansion of the club’s work with the Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice, club is sponsoring a project presented by Artwell. Artwell “engages young people in reflection and creative expression to discover and honor their strengths and those of others.”
The Reverend Susan Teegen, executive director of Artwell, presented ideas regarding the importance of arts for the development of children’s capacities. “Arts” includes not just plastic arts, but also poetry, drumming, and other forms of creative endeavors. The results of many of these projects were shown on slides, including both pictures and poems.
She maintains that we are all born with “creative genius”, and students who experience art education are three times more likely to graduate from high school, to vote, and to participate positively in other areas of life.
Donations help provide supplies, workshops, and teaching artists to nearly 1000 students all over Philadelphia. Another project includes sending art supply kits home with children for summer activity. For more information on the various activities, visit www.theartwell.org.
The organization currently has 10 staff members and 25 teaching artists. Most of the work is done in grades K-12, but there is also a leadership council that includes people up to the age of 24. Funding is provided by local foundations and a few other donors.