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the healing power of the creative arts

20 JAN
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The healing power of the creative arts

The arts create an engaging and empowering atnosphere for young people. Art is not a distraction - but a diversionary tool for them to heal and tell their stories through spoken word, dance, poetry, performance art or a visual piece. Art provides freedom from the everyday struggles that youth must navigate. It channels creativity and gives young people the power to be creative and free by allowing them to reclaim their childhood. Art increases self-esteem and an understanding of culture and one’s history.


IGNITE Youth Organisation is a firm believer in the transformative power of the arts to save lives and as part of a smart workforce-development and re-entry strategy for incarcerated youth. The arts can take shape in many ways and many forms - but the bottom line is that for young people we know it will improve their achievement in school and is a critical strategy to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline while addressing trauma. Giving youth strategies to express their pain, and cope with the stress, prepares them for a strong future. As society learns more about the brain and the effects of trauma on youth, our system, policies, programs and allocation of resources must change to reflect this new knowledge. Healing the effects of trauma builds hope and resiliency; and, resilient youth grow up to live healthy productive lives.

The arts matter more than we might realize as we seek to positively impact young people. We can and we must do more.

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2 Comments

John Chivairo

24 Jan, 2018 at 2:40pm Reply

Great article! I love creative arts!

Cecilia Jena

04 Feb, 2018 at 4:40pm Reply

Interesting piece! Thanks for sharing.

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