“I am a Work of Art”

 Every child is a work of art.

In 2017 the American Art Therapy Association, collaborating with Office of Head Start and Youth M.O.V.E. National, sent out a call for art and an invitation to young artists to show how they took these words to heart: “I am a work of art.” Gathering hundreds of submissions, we created this digital exhibition to celebrate the important role of art and creativity in mental health, wellness, and social-emotional well-being for our children, youth, and young adults.

The exhibit was curated in honor of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

Submissions from Pre-K and Elementary School Students || Submissions from Middle and High School Students

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The young artists whose work is shown here agreed to participate in this online exhibit, #IAmAWorkOfArt.

Ashmi Sheth – Untitled

The artwork tries to portray some of the myriad capacities “ART” has. It tries to explain how art can be a form of expression and help the mind attain peace, relaxation, and a higher connection with Self. It also depicts that Art is a Universal Language, and thus beyond all bounds.

Click to read Ashmi’s poem

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