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Building Bridges Through Art: Artwork by Students of RHM

Center for Faith & the Arts
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Building Bridges through Art is a grant provided by the Rowan Arts Council that uses art and creative expression to help participants overcome the personal challenges that have led to their homelessness. This exhibit also works to stimulate public awareness and social acceptance of the homeless population. Studies have shown that the self-exploration and creative expression used in the arts can bring about powerful and positive changes in artists’ lives. Through creating art, particularly in group settings, participants can cope with stresses and traumatic experiences, enhance cognitive abilities, enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art, improve self-esteem, learn to work with and have respect for others, and use these cumulative benefits to produce healthy and positive change in their lives. Through a new component of the Building Bridges through Art program, Rowan Helping Ministries has collaborated with the Center for Faith and the Arts to use visual art to produce change in the lives of the homeless in Rowan County. New Tomorrows is a classroom that brings in community experts as volunteers or paid instructors to teach shelter guests practical life skills and provide education on issues that have led to their homelessness. Shanna Glawson is the current Artist in Residence at Center for Faith and Arts and was chosen by the committee to instruct this class based on her experiences working with at risk youth in Asheville. By attending and supporting this exhibit, you can not only help homeless individuals use art to promote life changes, you can extend the impact of this art project to further enrich the lives of the art and homeless community.