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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I am a former Art Teacher for the Pittsburgh City Schools and also for The Children's Institute, a school created to meet the needs of children who are challenged with special needs. Consequently, I have seen various attempts at "inclusion." The goal of inclusion is to have children with special needs feel good about participating in a program with "mainstream children." After all, how can a child learn to function in the "real world" when they are never interacting with children outside of their special ed. setting.
I can honestly say that I have never seen inclusion work as well as it does in Art Expression.
I can also say that every child who participates in Art Expression is getting invaluable gifts that are not available any where else - they are having unique opportunities to express themselves and to feel supported and less isolated. Planting these ego strengthening seeds is priceless and can change a child's life in ways that we can't even measure.
I was an Art Facilitator in this group last spring and I took away 2 images that have stayed with me. One was when my co-facilitator, their 3rd grader teacher, exclaimed that she has never seen her students "this focused." The second image was one of the kids writing on the board,"Art Expression Rocks!' I couldn't agree more.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see it in more schools.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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I knew when I was invited to join the Art Expression Board of Directors that I already connected with the mission and guiding principles of the organization. Overall, Art Expression, Inc. is motivated to provide programs that ‘facilitate positive socialization with children and adolescents through expressive art activities in an inclusive educational environment.”

It wasn’t until I became involved with the board that I realized this was so much more. To hear the positive statements of children finding their creativity and passion, growing in confidence both artistically and personally, and navigating the realm of positive socialization and peer to peer interaction because of the impact Art Expression is making in their lives renews a commitment to the work that Art Expression does in the schools and the community programs we service.

As a Music Therapist, writer, and social media manager, I have worked with many organizations and groups that do great work in the Pittsburgh area. Bringing those tools to the board and learning more in-depth about the work of Art Expression have been an exciting endeavor and I am proud of my association with the members of the board and the staff of Art Expression.

I encourage all artists, creative types, parents and school administrators, and those interested in bringing positive social tools through art, youth-focused groups who support inclusive programming, and community-based businesses who support youth and educational programs to learn more about the work our Masters level Art Therapists facilitate with these students and children through the many programs Art Expression offers. You won’t be disappointed.

Melissa Carey

 
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Having followed the progression of Art Expression over the last 3 years from an outsider and nonprofit blogger perspective, I can’t say enough about the work that Art Expression does. Coming from my background in Music Therapy, I value the impact of their work using art to develop positive social interaction, self-esteem, and creativity in our youth in a fully inclusive environment. When you speak with those involved with the organization, you can feel the passion, intensity, intelligence, and devotion they have for providing the services they offer. The organization has established a range of programs, integrating artistic mediums with science and technology, math, environmental issues, and emotional well-being. What is also impressive, is that Art Expression works well with others – aligning their programming with educational core standards accessing teacher input; connecting with other organizations to combine projects, such as with the Toonseum, Operation Military Kids, and the Homeless Children’s Education Fund; and bringing together children of all abilities and backgrounds to experience the power of art in their lives. I fully endorse and support the ways Art Expression implements their mission and passion for bringing expressive art activities to children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I believe Art Expression, Inc. has built a strong, necessary, organized, and viable resource to the area - the only change needed is to access more funding avenues so that their reach may be broadened.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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I am an art therapist and have had the honor of facilitating Art Expressions programs in many Pittsburgh area schools over the past 8+ years. What I love about the Art Expressions programs are that they are fun experiences for children that allows them to explore feelings, emotions, troubles and most of all, the developing person they are becoming. I've experienced children in Art Expression programs share for the first time that they are victims of violence, sexual abuse or are a member of a family in crisis. I've experienced bullies and victims in the same Art Expressions group find middle ground. I've also experienced kids who appreciate the opportunity to address issues large and small; good or bad in an encouraging environment. It's magical, and we know it works. Feedback from families and school personal tell us we're on to something.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

alleviate the funding component. School districts would write it into their yearly budget, because it enhances the academic and developmental experience in a way traditional curriculum does not. We know Art Expressions is a valuable experience that helps with academic performance, coping and identification of unresolved issues.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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