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Art Club Camp – Unforeseen Gifts
Eighteen young people spent their two week Art Camp learning to appreciate their ancestral roots as they undertook a weaving project. While everyone wished they could gather in person, the virtual gatherings enticed brothers and sisters to join the discussion. And the participants eased into personal sharing more easily, speaking from the comfort of their homes. Andrea Lira-Landa leads Casa’s arts programming through which she assists young people to find healing through community.
Forty-six high schoolers managed to build one another up-- physically, spiritually and emotionally –while staying 6 feet away from one another. Our summer staff, led by Carlos Beltran who directs our youth programs, had these boys spread over several soccer fields. Then, in the middle of each day, they would gather online for sharing and reflection. Despite the disproportionate hardship and uncertainty that these young men face, they made use of a vital opportunity to connect, to pause, to build fellowship and hope through sharing, and to gather some strategies for what looks like a prolonged time of difficulty – all while reconnecting to the joy of the game.
As we adapt our work to the demands of a pandemic, we’re so grateful for the support shown to us by several foundations. Thank you for believing in our work!
Grants Casa has been awarded this summer
$12,950 from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fund for our program: Journeys: Exploring Identity & Voice Through Visual Art
$10,000 from the Racine Dominican Mission Fund for our IGNITE Youth Leadership Development Program
$10,000 from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development for our IGNITE Youth Leadership Development Program
$25,000 from the 2020 Milwaukee Health Department-OVP, ReCAST Safe Summer Healing Project funded by U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, SAMSHA for our Summer Youth Camps.
$27,458 from MPS Partnership for the Arts & Humanities for our program: Journeys: Exploring Identity & Voice Through Visual Art.
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