Funds for the arts have been cut over 80% in U.S. public schools and at-risk youth are most affected. In addition, low self-esteem in youth is at an all-time low.
Art is a universal language that enables us to be more insightful about the world we live in. It allows us to heal and to see truth in ourselves that we may not have understood before. Evidence-based research shows that artistic expression can be exceptionally healing, as it gives youth the opportunity to adopt new healthy coping skills that lead to a higher sense of self-worth.
We are proud to be presenting the Free2BeME Project to instill hope in our youth and provide a safe space for creative expression. We are moved and inspired by the powerful voices of our youth. The Free2BeME Project has been instrumental in reducing anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and negative perceptions.
We stand in gratitude for the support of 4Culture, Arts WA, and the National Endowment for the Arts for their commitment to the arts and support of our programming.