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When Catelynn arrived for her Young at Art Creativity Camp her instructor, Mary, was warned to keep an eye on her because she had a habit of stealing. She was a problem child. Catelynn wore a grey hoodie, didn’t make a lot of eye contact and kept her arms wrapped around her body whenever she wasn’t engaged in an activity. Fortunately, Mary didn’t see a problem child, she saw a child carrying a lot of pain. Instead of keeping her eye on Catelynn, Mary charged her with helping some of the younger students with their art projects. During a writing exercise, Catelynn shared a story about a horse who was fenced in, who longed for someone to stroke her mane, for someone to open the gate. By the end of the week, Catelynn had come out of shell, was hugged by the younger girls when they had to leave and had created poems, jewelry and art. Catelynn told Mary, “Creativity helps me be free.”
Stories like Catelynn’s one are all too common here at Steamboat Creates. The need for creativity and a safe place for children to express themselves in a healthy way is at an all-time high given the immense pressures they face in their day-to-day lives. Creativity helps children problem solve, work in a team, experiment and explore their feelings in a positive way.
I need to raise $15,000 by the end of December in order for us to be able to offer Creativity Camps during School Days Off to at-risk, low-income and special needs children. The Young at Art School Days Off Program launched in the fall of 2019 and already camps are at capacity. Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to provide scholarships, healthy snacks and supplies for the kids who need creativity the most.
Can I count on you to give Routt County’s children the creative opportunities they need? Would you help them change their story and learn how to express themselves through writing, creativity, performance, music and so much more?
Will you let the boys and girls of our community re-write his or her story?
Your support by December 31st will ensure all Routt County children who want to participate in creativity can.
Thank you more than you know,
P.S. You might be helping the next Georgia O’Keefe, Ernest Hemingway or Meryl Streep