The TRACK Community
TRACK supporters and readership for this blog include some pretty outstanding individuals: parents, guardians, community leaders, folks who work at residential treatment facilities, schools, after school programs and KIDS that I’ve worked with or whom take part in current Art Card Workshops. Collectively, we are an amazing, powerful, diverse group.
In my last blog, I asked you all to participate and become a member of the TRACK community, either virtually or by scheduling a TRACK workshop. I realized after asking for something so big, I needed to give an example of what community means to me.
As the program coordinator for TRACK, I do a lot of things. The best part of my job, however, is that I get to go to different places and work with a melting pot of energetic kids and dedicated adults. On Monday afternoons, I run a workshop at a therapeutic after school program in Cambridge, MA. The people there are great. The kids are amazing. The walls are colorful and full of kid art. There’s a real sense of pride and investment amongst the staff and the director of the program is awesome.
In the month that I’ve been there, the staff and kids have continuously impressed me with their warmth and compassion. They have welcomed me into their program and I am excited to be an active participant and member of their community. When I arrive with my supplies in tow, kids pop their heads out of rooms one-by-one, racing to be the first to say hi. Then they hurriedly eat their snack while I’m setting up so that they can be the first to start drawing their Art Cards. As each kid filters into the Art Card room, their excitement and commitment to their artwork is apparent and is motivating. The more time I spend there, the more I appreciate the collective creative experience as the vehicle that brings people together and fosters a broader, meaningful sense of community.
As the TRACK blog evolves, I invite you to engage and become part of the growing TRACK community! I look forward to hearing your thoughts, input and suggestions.
Wishing you wellness,