Kickstarter Campaign Benefiting Homeless Youth Featured at Ashland Art Center

Heart Experience Watercolor by Yelena Joy

Heart Experience Watercolor by Yelena Joy

Yelena Joy, an artist from Ashland Art Center is Studio # 4, is offering a unique opportunity for homeless youth. Medford has the second highest number of homeless youths in Oregon. The Heart-Art Experience is an art therapy- like process, through which the participant has the opportunity to see himself as fully capable, whole and \”un-broken\”, and to experience inner power and shift limiting beliefs. The project was inspired after Ms. Joy connected with youth in need, most recently with homeless youth at the Maslow Project, a non-profit organization that provides help in meeting basic needs, along with education and enrichment opportunities for homeless and at-risk homeless youth ages 0-21. Joy said, \”When I went to the Maslow project for the first time, I experienced a completely different reality, a reality that is unknown for most of us, and one which we would like to avoid.\” When you need to take care of basic needs, it is easy to forget the power within and to treat yourself as \”broken\” rather than as an equal member of society. Twenty years ago, Ms. Joy began working as a medical psychologist and artist in the first Russian teen drug rehabilitation program. That experience was life-changing, she says Her experiences with the young addicts gave her a new understanding of the healing power of love. Joy says, \”The human tendency, when faced with anything we perceive as different or threatening, is to get scared and to separate ourselves. I have learned that if we don\’t face our shadows, we cut ourselves off from an opportunity to know ourselves fully, to know our humility and to create positive change in the world around us,\”
You can support these kids by supporting the project.

The project needs to be completely funded by Sept. 7 to exist. By backing the project, you impact the life of a child. To back the project and see details go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/108256473/the-beauty-of-the-homeless-heart
You can watch a video about it at
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/108256473/the-beauty-of-the-homeless-heart

During the September Art Walk, Yelena will be greeting visitors in her studio and answering questions about her project. Enjoy live music and discover art and artists on all three floors of the Art Center.