Hearts Love Literary Arts
Puppets & Plays Project:
Heart with Art understands the importance and struggle individuals carry regarding the literary arts. We as an organization find creative avenues to reach those in need and to provide the tools for helping them express themselves. Art is a universal language that unites diverse cultures and eliminates language barriers.
One example is making puppets and working together as a team to create, write and perform a short play.
The range of creativity in the children’s puppets creations and play topics is eye-opening to the issues they themselves are facing. This safe and creative environment makes it easy for the children to open up.
Heart to Heart with Art also links with other organizations such as Hope’s Table, a free community education ELL program, offering free English classes, childcare, and transportation. Non-English speaking immigrants and refugees find themselves isolated and frustrated while adapting to an English-speaking environment. Heart to Heart with Art works directly with the immigrants’ children to provide fun, art based activities such as the puppet project to help them expressive themselves, be creative, and practice their English.
Click on the photos to view examples of the children’s puppets being interviewed and samples from their plays.
Click here to watch the video of the Puppets & Plays Project
Click here to if you want to donate and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have puppet making supplies or volunteer with this project in Portland, Oregon or the Bay Area. Please note, due to our 501(c)(3) status, we will give you a tax receipt for all financial donations and gifts in kind. Thank you for your support.
The “I Believe” Writing Project
Another example of our literary arts focused activities is the “I Believe” writing project. In an effort to bolster the literary arts, Heart to Heart with Art is supporting a small writing project for middle and high school- age writers. The inspiration is “I believe” and kids are encouraged to write a narrative describing a belief in which they feel is worth sharing. It can be funny, poignant, serious, or silly and is simply a means to allow kids to acquire their literary voices in a 140 character world. Students are encouraged to follow the 300-500 word guideline.
Check out our blog posts to see more of the “I Believe” sample essays.