Boys Hope Girls Hope, located in Brooklyn, NY, is a college preparatory boarding program that caters to socioeconomically and disadvantaged high school students who are academically capable and motivated for educational success. This non-profit organization provides young men and women with a safe and stable living environment, academic and social support, and the guidance necessary to actuate their potential for academic achievement. Additionally, BHGH scholars are offered a variety of workshops throughout the school year for both personal and professional enrichment. Art therapy has been integrated into the program to provide additional support to the scholars by offering a space for creative expression, awareness and development of interpersonal skills, group cohesion, and to explore one’s self identity. Art therapy at Boys Hope Girls Hope is offered in individual and group sessions, as well as open studio format.
Corresponding the theme of Spring Forward, scholars participated in a 2-day expressive arts workshop aimed towards self-awareness by challenging them to assess deterring factors of the self and to identify the necessary actions to move toward growth through self-actualization. Scholars were able to choose between the following modalities of artistic expression: visual arts, theatre, poetry, and hip-hop. The visual arts workshop was held at the School of Visual Arts and was facilitated by alumna Naomi Cohen-Thompson (c/o 2008), ATR-BC, LCAT of Boys Hope Girls Hope NY, and SVA MPS Art Therapy students William McMillin, Amanda Clelland, Kayley Giorgini, and KasMoné Williams. Scholars were offered a variety of materials to communicate their move toward growth through mixed media.
Performances by scholars who participated in the other expressive arts will take place at the Spring Forward exhibition reception held tonight, Friday, April 13, 2018 at 5:30 to 7pm, curated by Naomi Cohen-Thompson, ATR-BC, LCAT. The event is free and open to the public. The artwork created for the Spring Forward exhibition is available to view until April 14, 2018 by appointment through the MPS Art Therapy Department at the School of Visual Arts.