HomeFront’s therapeutic art program, ArtSpace, is an art studio located within HomeFront’s Family Preservation Campus, a facility that offers a serene safe-haven for homeless families. The studio provides a warm, light-filled environment that invites creativity, encourages exploration, and ultimately cultivates a love and appreciation for art. Created by ArtSpace clients under the supervision of Homefront’s ArtSpace director Ruthann Traylor, each greeting card incorporates the work of individuals who have been touched by poverty, homelessness and abuse.
HomeFront executive director Connie Mercer believes the skills the artists learn during the process of creating the cards are essential to self-sufficiency. “They learn the value of sticking with a project and bringing it to completion in this case, taking their art from drawing through painting to scanning it into a computer, and printing and boxing the cards,” she added. “Many aspects of this project relate directly to skills our clients need to get from shelters to permanent housing.”
Custom cards, featuring a selection of 35 original designs, as well as packaged cards are available. Cards can be ordered online at homefrontnj.org/artspace and through many area outlets. Proceeds from the sale of these cards helps to fund programs for the families served by HomeFront’s multifaceted initiatives, including the Family Preservation Center in Ewing.
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