In November 2001, the young people in our programs were visited by a panel of artists from the Jumpstart program. The group included a poet, an art educator and the owner of a design business. They talked about how they became involved in the arts and the possible career options in the arts. Following that evening and the interest from our young people Jumpstart secured the funding to produce three arts workshops with our teenagers.
The first workshop took place in May 2002 and involved the participants in creating self-portraits, which were printed on to a product of their choice e.g. tee shirt, tote bag, etc.
This led to the creation of a permanent therapeutic art program which has benefitted the girls. A number of projects have been completed over the years including a wall of ceramic tiles which decorate the hallway of the group home (see picture below).