Therapeutic Arts Program
Abuse and neglect can sometimes shatter lives. But thanks to the Therapeutic Arts Program (TAP), abused and neglected children are turning their trauma into triumph. Through the journey of non-traditional therapy, children in the TAP program learn to express their feelings and experiences through the use of dance, song and drama. Their destination is simple - healing.
Group therapy is provided to youth between the ages of 13-18. Special activities are offered throughout the year for youth ages 10-12. Groups are non-traditional in nature, in that visual and performing arts are used as a main treatment modality to increase self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-reliance. Various traditional treatment modalities are also used. Issues such as child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, abandonment, parent/child conflict, adoption and violence are discussed during group. TAP may also qualify for high school internship hours because of the public service provided. Youth can further enhance their growth and development, thus aiding them in becoming responsible adults.
Youth Expressions Through Art
This year's Therapeutic Arts Program (TAP) art contest and silent auction inspired many to donate to the agency's Children's Fund.
The event, held at FCCS' 855 W. Mound Street location, featured various types of art, including canvas paintings, poems, clay pieces, and jewelry. All were on display for public bidding.
"The youth worked really hard and were enthusiastic in their efforts to present quality art for the display," stated Cheri Howard of TAP.
The purpose of this event is to give youth under agency care the opportunity to express their thoughts on loss and permanency in an artistic fashion. One such example was a poem and canvas piece entitled, Faded Rose puchased by D.O.Y. Services Executive Director Larry Milan. "That poem really touched my heart as it relates to what children in the system experience," he said.
The event raised more than $1,700 for the agency's Children's Fund. The fund helps children under agency care with expenses that Children Services cannot use tax dollars to provide. The Children's Fund has helped thousands of children to attend special summer camps, take part in sports, have music or art lessons, or go on school trips. Click here to donate to the Children's Fund.