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Special section: Empowering children and youth through Art

Welcome to this section dedicated to the use of Arts as a way to engage and empower children and youth affected by adversity. You can find resources and news on the issue and updates from a pilot project of Tdh with IICRD, supported by Alta Mane Foundation, to build resilience for the ones affected by migration and conflicts in Iraq and Eygpt, through artistic projects.

News

04 Jan 2016
The Daily Sabah (Turkey) reports on Project Lift, which  is a volunteer organization that offers creative arts therapy to refugee children from war-torn Syria.  The brainchild of the 16-year-old Emir Özsüer, who wanted to do something for... Read more
28 Jun 2012
'BBC News' reports that an *art therapy room will be part of an expanded centre for vulnerable children* and their families that has opened in Nottingham. It will also offer face-to-face support and counselling for children along with other services... Read more

Library

01 Jul 2017
ChildArt’s “Your Brain on Art” focuses on the intersection of the arts and brain research, describing projects involving children in schools as well as cross-cultural and community outreach. Divided in three sections, it ... Read more
14 Jun 2017
This review examines how arts-based practices contribute to the mental health and resilience of children and young people aged between 11 and 18 years. Drawing on findings from 8 papers, the study identified a number of positive effects... Read more
01 Aug 2016
This article describes the outcomes of a project called “Prevention and Preservation” which involved participants from several communities on Vancouver Island, particularly a youth research team, youth participants and 14 elders. The... Read more

Other resources

07 Feb 2018
This video presents an approach to the psychoanalytical process that can be quite fun. The Squiggle game introduced by Donald Winnicott, based on his work with children, allows the therapist or the parent to engage with the child in a creative and... Read more
30 May 2017
This webinar is adressed to all the actors providing psychosocial support and life skills activities to children and youth. Within the current European refugee crisis, children, youth, families and adults have been staying in Greece for months... Read more
02 Mar 2015
Art‐education of underprivileged/Roma children + online web shop: The Real Pearl Foundation has an „excellence approved” qualification and their Roma and non Roma students bring 400-500 awards annually from all around the world. It has... Read more

With contribution from Fondation Alta Mane

Empowering children and youth through Art

The Squiggle Game Approach by Donald Winnicott [Video]
Date of publication: 2018
Publisher: LZM Studio
This video presents an approach to the psychoanalytical process that can be quite fun.
Your brain on art
Date of publication: 2017
Publisher: International Child Art Foundation
ChildArt’s “Your Brain on Art” focuses on the intersection of the arts and brain research, describing projects involving children in schools as well as cross-cultural and community outreach.
The role of art activities in developing resilience and mental wellbeing in children and young people: a rapid review of the literature
Date of publication: 2017
Publisher: Anglia Ruskin University
This review examines how arts-based practices contribute to the mental health and resilience of children and young people aged between 11 and 18 years.
Psychosocial support for children on the move: art as a way of expression [ChildHub Webinar]
Date of publication: 2017
This webinar is adressed to all the actors providing psychosocial support and life skills activities to children and youth.
Digital stories as a tool for health promotion and youth engagement
Date of publication: 2016
Publisher: Canadian Public Health Association
This article describes the outcomes of a project called “Prevention and Preservation” which involved participants from several communities on Vancouver Island, particularly a youth research team, youth participants and 14 elders.
Ethics in Community-University-Artist Partnered Research: Tensions, Contradictions and Gaps Identified in an “Arts for Social Change” Project
Date of publication: 2016
Publisher: SpringerLink
This study was conducted by an interdisciplinary research team from six different universities in Canada and Australia with the aim to explore ethical dilemmas that multi-partnered research on arts-based interventions to promote social change may
Project Lift: Trauma therapy for Syrian children
Date of publication: 2016
The Daily Sabah (Turkey) reports on Project Lift, which  is a volunteer organization that offers creative arts therapy to refugee children from war-torn Syria.  The brainchild of the 16-year-old Emir Özsüer, who wanted to do something for the disp
Youth Creating Disaster Recovery and Resilience: A Multi-Site Arts-Based Youth Engagement Research Project
Date of publication: 2016
Publisher: University of Cincinnati
"Youth have historically been understudied in disaster research and largely excluded in practice.
Social Circus: The Cultural Politics of Embodying “Social Transformation”
Date of publication: 2016
Publisher: New York University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
This article describes the work of Cirque Hors Piste, a Montréal’s social circus organization which offers circus training and creates performances with marginalised youth.
Evaluation of the Kts’iihtla (“we light the fire”) project: building resiliency and connections through strengths-based creative arts programming for indigenous youth
Date of publication: 2015
Publisher: International Journal of Circumpolar Health
The creative arts – music, film, visual arts, dance, theatre, spoken word, literature, among others – are gradually being recognised as effective health promotion tools to empower, engage and improve the health and well-being in Indigenous youth c

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