Programs with LLPF
Through our programs, Art Speaks! Art Kits, Afternoon Artists and Creative Minds, Live Love Paint Foundation creates a structured learning experience for youth and young adults that encourages self-expression, inventiveness, and creativity in both school and community settings in the Virginia Peninsula Community.
Art Speaks! Art Kits
Live Love Paint Foundation launched Art Speaks! Art Kits, our new program, in October 2020 by distributing 25 Art Speaks! Painting Kits to 25 youth and teens in Hampton and Newport News. Our youth are struggling emotionally, dealing with mental health challenges, with missing their friends, isolation, loss of loved ones, dealing with trauma, illness, and the feeling of being overwhelmed. We know that these art kits can serve as a creative outlet and also be a part of their healing process.
We believe that the creative process can be therapeutic. It can be a safe and healthy way to release stress. Providing these kits address the need for creative outlets by giving our youth access to art material and prompts that they may not have access to. LLPF addresses the need for youth to have access to free art materials that reinforce the calming effect that the creative process can have on individuals and also how it be used as a coping strategy. Youth and teens will be directly impacted because they will have the opportunity to explore art and the creative process in a new way in the comfort of their own home.
Our signature after school program, Afternoon Artists, gives youth an opportunity to explore their own creativity by using different mediums to create artwork in an hour-long session (times are adjusted based on the preference of the site). The key skills that will be addressed are: creativity, confidence, problem-solving, focus, non-verbal communication, collaboration, and accountability.
This school year, this program is at Cesar Tarrant Middle School, Cooper Elementary School, Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula, and Y.H. Thomas Community Center.
Creative Minds was created for middle school students who are experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, thoughts of suicide, and family tragedies. This program introduces participants to using painting as a coping skill and a positive way to express their feelings. During hour-long, monthly sessions, students have an opportunity to explore their own creativity by painting different subjects on canvas. This program is offered exclusively to Lindsay Middle School.
Our mission is to connect with youth and caring adults through art and engagement. By creating these positive interactions, we hope to not only provide a creative outlet but also empower youth to explore their own creativity and imagination. Through our sessions, participants have the opportunity to work with different mediums. The key skills that will be addressed are creativity, confidence, problem-solving, focus, non-verbal communication, collaboration, and accountability. It is our hope that these creative interventions spark the imagination and creativity of participants to desire to learn more about art, explore working with different art mediums, graphic art, and/or develop an interest in a pursuing a productive activity that they enjoy, that could also serve as a positive coping strategy.