Art Group Christmas!

Every week Covenant House hosts a weekly Art Group. The group is open to every single youth who accesses our programs.  This is nice because it is a weekly opportunity for youth to connect with us even if they may not be staying with us at the moment. We held an “Art Group Christmas”!  We had a station for making gingerbread houses, a station for cookie decorating, and a station for Christmas crafts.  As we set up the stations, I discovered that the dining area was equipped with surround sound, and we had Christmas music playing in the space.  The youth trickled in and soon we had over 35 architects!  The room was filled with positive energy!

We were photographing the event, and soon it became a full on model shoot!  I loved watching the youth shout out to our volunteer to get a picture taken with him; a very meaningful way for the youth to express their appreciation when it might be difficult for some to articulate this sentiment.  The group ended with the youth arranging themselves in group photos, posing with all of their houses and cookies. The most beautiful part was watching how conscientious the youth were in making sure that everyone was included.

For a lot of the youth, emotions are intensified during the holidays, and a lot of them do not have a lot of positive memories around the holiday season.   It was wonderful to see the youth make new positive memories of Christmas, and to embody the spirit of the season; to be inclusive, encouraging and supportive of each other.  It was a wonderful Christmas celebration!

Every week Covenant House hosts a weekly Art Group. The group is open to every single youth who accesses our programs.  This is nice because it is a weekly opportunity for youth to connect with us even if they may not be staying with us at the moment. We held an “Art Group Christmas”!  We had a station for making gingerbread houses, a station for cookie decorating, and a station for Christmas crafts.  As we set up the stations, I discovered that the dining area was equipped with surround sound, and we had Christmas music playing in the space.  The youth trickled in and soon we had over 35 architects!  The room was filled with positive energy!

We were photographing the event, and soon it became a full on model shoot!  I loved watching the youth shout out to our volunteer to get a picture taken with him; a very meaningful way for the youth to express their appreciation when it might be difficult for some to articulate this sentiment.  The group ended with the youth arranging themselves in group photos, posing with all of their houses and cookies. The most beautiful part was watching how conscientious the youth were in making sure that everyone was included.

For a lot of the youth, emotions are intensified during the holidays, and a lot of them do not have a lot of positive memories around the holiday season.   It was wonderful to see the youth make new positive memories of Christmas, and to embody the spirit of the season; to be inclusive, encouraging and supportive of each other.  It was a wonderful Christmas celebration!