ArtVan Spring Happenings 2018
ArtVan Spring Happenings!
We are excited to share with you what is happening with our programs, upcoming events, and ways you can be involved with our programs! Read on!
Updates from Jamie
ArtVan rolled gracefully through our winter season with themes of “inward”, using metaphors of “Keyhole” and “Magic Windows”, and moving into spring with themes of “What’s New?”, encouraging exploration, creativity, and shared stories of growing.

We welcomed art therapy intern, Carmine Leighton, a soon to be graduate of Prescott College's Masters in Art Therapy Program! Yay for another art therapist to Maine!

ArtVan expands programs!! With support from a City of Biddeford Community Development Block Grant and the Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation, we excitedly expanded our annual summer Biddeford, Bacon Street Neighborhood Program to a full school year program!

ArtVan’s direct service work makes an impact. One recent experience at the Bacon Street Neighborhood illustrates this beautifully. Monday, April 2nd, the Biddeford neighborhood experienced a fire in one of their six-unit buildings that displaced 34 people. ArtVan arrived the next day for its regularly scheduled program. Based on our observations of the youth, it was clear that this art project and theme needed to shift to the focus of safety and security. In addition to the youth attendees, parents and the community connector at the Biddeford Hub also attended.

Adults and youth shared details of the fire, recalling the scary moments of having to evacuate the surrounding buildings. We shifted our check-in to "what do we like that helps us feel safe and comfy?" Using clay, youth made objects that bring them comfort. Some youth collaborated and others worked independently transferring their emotions into the art. What felt frenzied ended with laughter and a calmer atmosphere.

Witnessing this day in the program solidifies ArtVan's important role as an art therapy first responder in our community neighborhoods. Many of our youth are facing challenges everyday, and often in the midst of traumatic situations. ArtVan's consistent, stable presence allows for a trustful space in which youth are encouraged and supported in exploring their feelings using art. 

This is the essence and core of the deeper work that ArtVan does. A huge THANK YOU to City of Biddeford & the Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation!
Community Partnership Program

Thanks to funding from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation, ArtVan was able to partner with the Brunswick Area Respite Center (BARC) to deliver programming for seniors living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. BARC provides a needed respite time for caregivers, while also offering other recreational and expressive opportunity for the clients. As stated in the article, ‘Advances in Art Therapy for Patients with Dementia’ by Qui-Yue Wang and Dong-MeiLi, “Art therapy provides patients with a non-verbal mode of expression through an intuitive graphical visual presentation, which helps the patients vent negative emotions and alleviate behavioral and psychological symptoms, thereby improving the quality of life.”
“It’s been such an amazing experience! We have been working on collage, ceramics and applique while listening to Frank Sinatra and the oldies. During our art making time we talk about family and reminisce of days past.” ~Kelly Christopher, ArtVan Teaching Artist

Bowdoin Sustainable IM Frisbee Tournament : Thank you to all students who came out to play, eat cookies, pet the dog, and play in the sun in support of ArtVan’s mission! We love you!

Vantastic Paint-A-Thon : Thank you to Maria Castellano-Usery for spending a day painting and selling raffle tickets in support of ArtVan’s mission! We are so appreciative of your support!

Save the Date!

Artful Autumn Sensation

More info to come!

A Special thank you to the following foundations and businesses for their generous support in 2017! It takes a village to keep our van wheels rolling, and we are very grateful for your trust and belief in our mission!

  • Alfred M. Senter Fund
  • Baldwin Family Foundation
  • Jane B. Cook 1992 Charitable Fund
  • Spinnaker Trust: Aldemere Foundation
  • Davenport Trust
  • First Parish Church
  • Onion Foundation
  • Sam L. Cohen Foundation
  • Morris Kaplun Foundation
  • Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation
  • City of Biddeford Community Development Block Grant
  • Nellie Leeman Taft Foundation
  • Bates College Carignan Fund
  • The Biosophical Institute
  • West Island Studio and the family of Mildred Johnson
  • Hannaford Supermarkets Bags 4 My Cause
  • Altered Couture 2017
  • Now You’re Cooking
  • MW Sewall
  • Brunswick Hotel and Tavern
  • Fiore Oil
  • Centre Street Gallery
  • Office of Cornelia Viek
  • First Federal Savings and Loan Institution
  • Bath Savings Institution
  • United Way of Mid Coast Maine
  • Just Framing
  • Wilson’s Drug Store

And a heartfelt thank you to all the individuals who contributed to our programs, hosted events, and volunteered their time with us! Thank you, thank you!

The ArtVan Team!
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