For participants at The Foundling, art can be a lifeline – it provides tools for self-expression, an accessible way to work through trauma, and a means of contextualizing one’s experiences. Many of the people we serve at The Foundling come to us feeling voiceless – from children in foster care struggling to cope with complex situations, to adults with developmental disabilities that face innate barriers to sharing their viewpoints – but through art, they find and showcase their strength.
Art is used to heal minds and souls across our programs – here are just a few of the ways:
- The Fontana Center’s Artist Collective provides a safe space for children in our foster care programs to grow and create.
- Our Developmental Disabilities programs encourage our day habilitation and residential participants to explore artistic mediums – which culminates in an annual art show.
- Haven Kids Rock, our after-school performing arts program, allows young people to channel their experiences into music, dance, and theater.
- Our Home of Integrated Behavioral Health partners with our Strong Families and Communities Training Center to provide seasonal art-centered community events across New York City that engage children and families alike.
Learn more about our Fontana Center’s Artist Collective
We can’t do this vital work without your help. Your gift this holiday season brings art and other essential programs to more children, adults, and families across our community.