“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.

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.

Marky Mathas, "Christmas Tree Man"
Marky Mathas, "I'm savin' him"
Neveah Rettinger, "Mommy, daddy and grama hugging"
Sam Morris, "I'm dressed in my underwear"
Sam Morris, "Popcorn love"
Talyn Jackson, "I'm big"
Victoria McBride, "This is in a museum"
Victoria McBride, "I have muscles"
Gabriella Mays, "I am happy at school when I am good."
Hailee Gilbert, "I'm on top of the mountain."
Hunter Anderson, "Everyone is happy."
Maverick Bradley, "I love my mommy."
Maverick Bradley, "I'm happy."

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