HTCF's Art Programs
goal of the Health Through Communications Foundation is to offer
culturally sensitive art programs for children to prepare
them for a creative and cooperative future with a high self-esteem,
and a capacity for peace building by drawing upon their innate
creativity and imagination.
We believe that a child’s natural or even learned cognitive
processes can influence development for the better, both in
the short and long term. We also believe that positive experiences
early on shape a young child’s personality in ways that
remain stable throughout much of their life.
have shown that a child’s psychological growth and school
performance can be enhanced by a focus on their artistic talent.
Through the emphasis of imagination and creativity, future learning
can be positively effected.
of this is wide reaching and provides personal and collective
growth of each individual and the society it touches as a whole.
The Specific Objectives of The HTCF Art Programs
1. Violent Behavior
2. Criminal Activities
3. School Truancy
4. Gang Activities
5. Sexually Transmitted Diseases
6. Drug and/or Alcohol Abuse
7. Teenage Pregnancy
Programs in Haiti
the summer of 2001, a small arts program was started in La Vallee
de Jacmel in one of the public schools built by CODEVA. Forty
children were invited to create a mural to participate in a
collaborative project called The Art Miles Mural Project©.
of forty, there were EIGHTY eager and shy village children who
showed up, some of them having walked on empty stomachs miles
from homes without electricity or running water. These children,
ranging in age from 5 to 20 years old, with an average age of
13, had never seen television, had never held a paintbrush and
had never done a collective project before!
Process Starts With Love
First, we fed all the children and people. Then, after simple
instructions, they not only produced a magnificent 12x5 foot
canvas with acrylics, they also made the most creative, colorful,
individual paintings on bristol paper. People who have seen
the effort of these children have been moved to tears. With
great care and attention to detail, they painted what they see
around them in daily life. The results are astonishingly colorful,
accurate depictions of their village lives from a truly local
Many show real artistic talent for the first time. They are
Making A Difference For The Children & Their Families
how to express themselves and use their creativity, these young
Haitian children also learned about discipline,
sharing, and working together. This positive experience not
only affected the children, but also spread to their families
and throughout their villages. The impact of this initial enrichment
project was so great on the children that they begged to be
able to continue!
With donations from the La Chappas and the Barona Band of Kumeyaay
Nation, the first trade school in La Vallee was created starting
with an art school comprising of two full-time art teachers.
The result of these efforts are the creation of young artists
who would never had a chance to express themselves and now have
a way to earn a living. They are now earning a living teaching
children in our newly opened kindergarten.
You Can Support Our Efforts (with time, resources
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Programs In The U.S.
the art program started in El Cajon, California in the summer
of 2003 at EJE - Excelencia y Justicia en Education– Excellence
and Justice in Education.
is to have these kinds of programs in many areas of the world.