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Review for Art Expression, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

One of my favorite things about “Art Expressions Inc.” is this sense of acceptance that naturally seems to be found in our groups. It has been a joy to quietly witness kids reach beyond their own usual circle of friends and somehow connect with someone they might never do so during the regular school day. I am not quite sure what allows this sense of community to grow in our art spaces. Perhaps it is giving the children a voice in helping creating the group rules and the culture? Giving them choices and challenges instead of expected outcomes? Listening to them instead of lecturing them? Stripping away other judgments like grades or labeling them by ability or attitude? Most likely a mix of many things but I do think the “art part” allows them to see a deeper portraits of their peers than the “need to be cool and fit in” one they wear all day. Such allows them to see there is a beauty in being exactly who they are. That beauty first surfaces in the extraordinary unique variety of individual creative expressions but later comes to life in how they engage with each other.

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