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 http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07305/830126-55.stm 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 http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_654910.html American Art Therapy Association Newsletter. Member Spotlight March 1, 2010 By Lisa Wright, Art Expression Board VP http://artexpressioninc.org/pdf/aatanewsletter.pdf 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. http://artexpressioninc.org/video1.php 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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Rating: 5 stars  

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Art Expression provided a valuable after-school experience for Colfax Upper Elementary School students in the Allegheny Valley School District. Students, staff and families appreciated the design of the program, especially the focus on creativity and individualized learning. The culminating activity was a showcase event that drew great response and increased interest and support for Art Expression. Allegheny Valley hopes to continue its partnership with Art Expression. Cheryl Griffith, Superintendent of Schools

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I am an elementary principal whose students have experienced the many wonderful offerings of this program. Our community reflects a high percentage of need. Art Expression has undoubtedly given our students opportunities to experience their artistic creativity, while dealing with issues of a more sensitive and personal nature. From staff, to parents and students....this program has had a huge success for our students and has been very well received. The approach is unique. The skills acquired are life long lessons, which our students will carry with them. One of my most memorable activities for the students were the creation of "worry beads". These were beautiful beads made by the children from clay that were attached to a piece of string. The students learned to carry them in their pockets and when they felt overwhelmed with anxiety or fear, they simply had to place their hand in their pocket and begin rolling their way through their strand/problem. What was so wonderful was that by the time the child reaches the end, their worries were gone. These "worry beads" were very affective. I can remember my interactions with two little boys in particular, where their beads got them through the day. Thanks Art Expression for opening new and creative doorways for our students to handle their emotions. Your services I'm sure have been irreplaceable for many of our students. This wouldn't have happened without you!!!!

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wish that more monies were available to organizations of this quality and standard so that more kids could receive these much needed services.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Art Expression provides wonderful programming for children! I have observed first hand the wonderful work their educators have done in the homeless shelter where I work. Their programming brought creativity and laughter into our space and provided kids with the opportunity to open up and make something truly unique. I think the kids truly enjoyed the process as much as the final products they created.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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