Over the course of 9 weeks a small group of creative young people gathered at "CityGate" in Lancaster to explore their creativity. There were on average 7 participants per session, exploring various aspects of themselves using portions of the "Justice Creates" curriculum as well as different sessions about pencil drawing techniques. Next to Ralph who facilitated the class, it was exciting to have a guest artist come in, Jeff Maisonneuve, for a lesson about human body sketching.
It is always amazing to see the beautiful results that come out of the most simple ingredients: ink wash, magazine images, paint, crayons. One of the participants put it like this: "We had a wonderfully enriching time at the Tuesday art class. Our family had been through a traumatic experience in Africa. This class was not only a safe place for expressing ourselves creatively but also very healing. (..) With the compassion and direction of Ralph the teacher we learned a variety of different mediums that we can apply in all our future art experiences."
Stay connected to hear about the next class! In the meantime, don't be afraid to create space for your own creativity - with or without the help of justcreate.space !
Thanks to the initiative of our friend Sumali, donations were generously given to create translations for our resources Justice Creates for Kids and the Sacred Journey. We are very excited that this opens the door to bring more inner healing to the many displaced people around the world, many of which come from Arabic speaking nations. Since there is such a huge need to reach those who have undergone traumatic experiences, we are making those Arabic e-books available free of charge in our store. Visit www.justcreate.space to receive your copy.
For the first time ever, we held a Justice Creates course behind locked bars in 2016. About 50 inmates of the Pollsmoor juvenile center near Cape Town could discover their own creative talents. This is what the participants had to say about this experience:
T: I learned that I can do good things with my hands.
C: I learned that I am good in art.
M: I can create the things that come into my mind and it can be beautiful.
S: I learned that God gave me talent.
T: The one thing I learned is to love myself.
T: I like doing art because this course meant something big to me, and I hope to do more.
T: I learned to believe in myself and to love one another as you love yourself.
C: I learned to be honest.
E: I like art more now because I did see what talent I have.