Description of Art for The Journey
Art for The Journey is a Richmond based nonprofit organization that promotes the well-being and healing of children and adults through creative expression, with a special focus on people who otherwise do not have such opportunities available.
Programs are provided by accomplished artists and other qualified instructors within the context of an appreciation of the developmental, emotional, and psychological benefits of art expression. Focus is on the communal experience of creating forms of art and celebrating the joy, learning, and resultant achievement that flows from creativity
Currently, the organization provides two unique programs and is planning a third program available nowhere else:
- Twice monthly oil painting classes at the Department of Corrections Women’s Prison in Goochland, VA
- Weekly acrylic painting classes at The Lakeside Center, a psycho-social day program for seriously mentally ill adults
- A third specialized program for people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s is in the planning stage. This program makes extensive use of college age volunteers. See more about the program at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGyjmjM9M9I
Currently, in Richmond, there are no other organization’s providing such services.
Next year, we intend to explore providing special programs for at risk and deprived children from Richmond City, transporting them to the organization’s primary studio at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, VA.
Art for The Journey also provides two weekly adult studio classes open to the public and two weekly painting classes at The Carmel School in Ruther Glen.
Art for The Journey makes extensive use of volunteers in its programs. Besides keeping costs down, we believe that dedicated volunteers increase our capacity for personal engagement with our clients. In addition, our volunteer program offers an opportunity for gifted and generous individuals to learn about the needs of special populations and experience both personal growth and a deeper sense of purpose in their lives.
Our volunteer program offers training, support and inspiring relationships. We are currently working with the University of Richmond and Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing to recruit students for our dementia program.
There is more information on our web page www.artforthejourney.org and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-for-The-Journey/752497674865903?ref=hl.
We can be found on GiveRichmond at http://giverichmond.guidestar.org/portrait/1144546/art-journey.aspx