Art as a therapeutic tool can act as a remedy for problems within the individual, creating more balanced human beings, who will then carry that artistic energy into their lives at large. It helps form values, cultivate morals and helps those ideas evolve as new insights emerge with each artistic voyage.
"Art is not simply decoration, it is one of the ways in which we construct who we are."
A child creates art in Uganda with ProjectFocus.
Art reduces stress, it allows for self exploration and the confrontation of personal issues. Creativity helps one's emotional well being, the construction of an identity and fosters confidence. By working through issues creatively, the underlying causes emerge. ProjectFocus works in Uganda by using art as a tool for social change. Artistic vision allows individuals to stay off the streets, while creating work that can be sold for profit. Art is functional, it can sustain artists while nurturing them throughout the process. Art therapy is practiced worldwide as a tool for creating leadership and positive visions for the future, not only for themselves but extending into their community and world.
Art offers new insights. Different interpretations are inevitable, are infinite.