As we were doing the normal “tour the Compassion Development Center” this morning I couldnt help but notice all the bright colors covering the walls.
Some filled with writing, some with diagrams. . . but every wall was Art.
We walked into a room that had a handful of beautifully painted canvases displayed on the shelves. . .I was in awe and quickly knew someone at the project had talent and sees talent.
Admiring the art I asked one of the project staff members who the art teacher was. . .I had to meet them!
With a big smile they said “Our director Susan, she is an artist”.
I saw Susan in the next room and I had to know more. . .
Susan was a vice president at a large bank in Manila and 7 years ago she left knowing she was called to join her church and become the Compassion Development Center Director.
Soon after arriving she saw that some of the children were suffering, some abused. She began to focus on using simple art to help “get them out of their shells”.
During our conversation she explained how she sought out artists in the community to help her build a program and stock her materials.
She began experimenting with the kids and their moods using music, texture, space and color. Quickly she found that children have so many ”unfinished stories” that need to be expressed and one way she could help was thru art.
Art has been so effective in her center that they just started a Creative Arts Ministry.
A Creative Arts Ministry!
OH . HOW . I . LOVE . THAT!
AND they just had their first student graduate from the Compassion Program and move into the Leadership Development Program. She is now studying Fine Arts at a University in the Philippines.
“Art isolates a Child from the world for a moment. And they are able to express that moment in a way they couldn’t before. . .And like a landscape God is painting THIS center’s stories together”.
There is even a wall full of paintings and open spaces. . .supplies are available where kids can fill “the expression wall” . It is a space where they can go to “express” themselves. . . their emotions . . . their art.
I loved everything Susan said today.
And as she ended the story of art at their center she said, “Everybody has stories – community workers, family, children, even bankers and together it is a melody to God”.
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