THE CREATIVE EDGE COMMUNITY OUTREACH
We believe in the importance of supporting other organizations and programs in our communities.
In Pacific Grove, we partnered with artist Linda Pedrazzini Hevern as her fiscal sponsor for a grant from the Arts Council for Monterey County. For several years Linda facilitated “ARTS AS HEALING: A free self-reflective art making intensive for seniors and those dealing with aging, illness, loss or grief.” She brought together seniors and at-risk teens for transformative art experiences. Her workshops were cosponsored by The Breast Cancer Assistance Group and The Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County.
In Sacramento, Creative Edge partnered with local non-profit Bread of Life to administer a grant to take art into medical settings. Funded in part by the Cultural Arts Award Program of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission with support from the City and County of Sacramento, facilitator Carol Mathew-Rogers worked with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center to bring art opportunities to their infusion center patients. She invited the patients and their families to create thank you cards for the infusion center staff.
Carol also volunteers with the Voluntary Service Department of the VA Northern California Health System’s Mather Medical Center to plan projects to support veterans and their families. Our first project was to invite the public to create flags to honor veterans. Visitors, staff and patients stopped by our art table to use rubber stamps and drawing materials to honor those who have served. Currently, Carol is visiting the Behavioral Health Unit of the hospital each month to bring art to patients who are experiencing mental and psychological difficulties.
Starting in September, 2019, The Creative Edge will be offering a series of art retreats to military Veterans and their families. Facilitated by Carol Mathew-Rogers and Alison Tomei, each Saturday retreat will be filled with creative opportunities for participants to explore the theme of hope in their lives. These retreats and other projects are generously funded by the Veterans In The Arts Grant of The California Arts Council. Learn more here.