Art Expression, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 31 Spalding Circle Pittsburgh PA 15228 USA

Mission: The Art Expression Inc. mission is to facilitate positive socialization among children and adolescents through expressive art activities in an inclusive environment.
Results: Schools Served: Mt. Lebanon School District South Allegheny School District Keystone Oaks School District Presentations: American Art Therapy Association Inc. National Conference 2008 Art Therapy on the Cutting Edge: Invention & Innovation. Panel - Art Expression: A Fully Inclusive After-School Social Skills Development Opportunity for Students. Mt. Lebanon Education Association Conference 2009 Poster Presentation and discussion. Hope Learning Center & Pennsylvania Cyber School Conference 2008 Poster Presentation Pennsylvania Counselors Association Annual Conference 2009 “Creativity in Counseling”. Keynote speaker: Samuel Gladding Poster Presentation and Discussion – After-school Social Skills Development for Students. American Counselors Association Annual Conference & Exposition March 18- 22, 2010 Exhibitor Space. National Art Education Association National Convention 2010 “Art Education and Social Justice” Art Expression Inc. Video,” Art Expression through the Eyes of Parents, Education Professionals and Students” Film featured during Pre-conference Workshop conducted by Dr. Judith Rubin Pennsylvania Art Education Association Convention 2010 Presentation “Art Expression Inc” Pennsylvania Art Education Association Convention 2010 Workshop “Project Eco smArt” Publications: Art expression: Markham pupils learn social skills inside and out Thursday, November 01, 2007 By Mary Niederberger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Cited - Arts in Caring Council Conference 2008 Generation Art Project of Salt Lake County Utah cited Art Expression Inc. as a case study. Creative Therapy Finds Place in South Allegheny Schools Thursday, November 26, 2009 By Jodi Weigand, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review American Art Therapy Association Newsletter. Member Spotlight March 1, 2010 By Lisa Wright, Art Expression Board VP Mt . Lebanon Magazine: Everybody’s Welcome Volume 30/no.5 June 2010 By Laura Pace Lilley Film: Creative Healing in Mental Health: Assessment and Therapy through Art and Drama 2008, Dr. Judith Rubin Expressive Media Inc., feature footage provided by Art Expression Inc. Dr. Judith Rubin’s Expressive Media Inc. has created a film and study guide called “Creative Healing in Mental Health: Assessment and Therapy through Art and Drama,” designed to meet the needs of mental health professionals who want to incorporate the arts in their work. Art Expression Inc. Video,” “Art Expression through the Eyes of Parents, Education Professionals and Students The video was produced in 2008 and documents several touching stories which exemplify the effects of the Art Expression program. Awards: 2007 Scott E. Folmer School Memorial Student, Teacher and Exemplary Practice or Partnering Award, District Award Winner First Place: Art Expression in Mt. Lebanon School District Recipients of this award are a school or school district that has developed an outstanding practice of supporting the education of those receiving special education services and/or fostering the partnering of students, parents and professional staff members to benefit students receiving special education services. Grable Foundation and Benedum Foundation STEAM Grant - Full funding for Art Expression Inc.’s Eco SmArt Project. Keystone Oaks School District. 2010-2011 Grable Foundation and Benedum Foundation STEAM Grant – Full funding for Art Expression Inc.’s Eco SmArt Project. South Allegheny School District. 2010-2011 2010 Induction to U.B.S. sponsored Non-Profit Organizations - U.B.S. will match employee contributions (up to $1,000) made to Art Expression Inc.
Target demographics: children develop social skills through art.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 225 students
Programs: Art Expression Inc. After School Program - Social skills through art. Project Eco smART- where creativity and inclusivity meets environmental science. ARTchitechture: Building Bridges- where architecture meets social skills development.
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I began the Art Expression program in the Mt. Lebanon School District when I was just in first grade. From the start, I looked forward to each session, wondering what sort of project we would be working on. Even though I did not know many of the other students in the program going in, I was glad to be with each one of them by the end of six weeks. Everyone was very positive and friendly--even the fifth-graders complimented my clay dog! I loved the program so much that I continued throughout elementary school and middle school!
I found pleasure in the freedom that came with the middle-school program format. I could harness all of my energy into multiple projects--working on a plaster mask, watercolor painting, and a card for a friend all in the same session! I was never the “Picasso” or “Rembrandt” of the group during my sessions, but I still took pride in the work I created. All students--artistic or not--were fueled by the positivity and encouragement in the room.
Throughout elementary and middle school, the program boosted my self-esteem and confidence. By the time eighth-grade was wrapping up, I believed I had grown into a more certain leader. Inside and outside the art room, I felt as though I did not need others’ approval and was more comfortable with myself.
Now, I help out as a volunteer for the program. My experience with Art Expression has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my life. I am very grateful to this exceptional organization and would encourage parents and schools to get their kids involved and support this program in any way possible.

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