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MARTIN COUNTY --
If you walk into the Costella Williams Learning Center in New Monrovia Park in Stuart on a Thursday afternoon you will see many happy children running about, singing, laughing and taking part in a variety of after-school activities. Even more inspiring, is the ability to see firsthand how one generation of students is working to positively influence a younger generation.
Once a week, students from The Pine School's Artists for a Cause Club go to the Center to share their talents and passion for the arts with younger students in the Residents Empowering All Children's Hope after-school program. The A4AC Club is a student-chapter of the local nonprofit organization, Artists for a Cause, which aims to improve communities through various artistic endeavors. By having a club at The Pine School, the organization is able to broaden their reach and assist students in using their artistic abilities to better their community.
The A4AC Club is made up of students from The Pine School's Upper School and is lead by teacher sponsor, Adison Lax. The club is divided into two focuses, the "Share the Arts" program and the "Art as Therapy" program. These programs allow A4AC Club students to gain leadership skills, showcase their talents and teach others how artistic expression can improve mental and physical health.
"Our students love working with the younger students in the R.E.A.C.H program and each week they arrive ready for us to teach them something new. It brings out the best in everyone." says teacher sponsor, Adison Lax. Upon their arrival, the young students can be found tugging at the shirts of A4AC club members asking: "Can you help me write a song?" or collectively chanting "We want a song!" in hopes that A4AC Club president, Kevin Paul will bring out his guitar and play for them.
"It's great to see the students so eager to learn more about the arts. Whether it's through drawing, dancing, singing or writing, we want to be able to teach them that through the arts they can creatively and safely express themselves," said Mr. Paul.
Artists for a Cause is a Stuart-based, national, nonprofit organization that improves communities using art as a catalyst to achieve incredible results. Some programs help artists and charities get the most out of their collaboration, while others produce results directly, by feeding the poor, healing the sick, or solving other problems through unique artistic solutions.
For more information, visit www.a4ac.org, call (772) 419-8778 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.