Always a pleasure teaching art with the participants of the Rise Program! This program was created by the Sweet Water Foundation, it is a group psychotherapy Program for Adolescent Girls, age 12 – 18, who have experienced or been affected by sexual abuse. Because of the nature of this program I always try to focus on the positive, healing aspects of art. I want these girls to create art that would empower them and act as symbols of hope and encouragement.
In the Caribbean, some of our ancestors ate out of calabash bowls, I wanted the girls to not only connect with a historical and cultural aspect of our Caribbean background but to paint their own ornamental bowls with symbols that made them happy.