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Little Picassos is a free after school art enrichment program for underserved, low-income children.

Although Pablo Picasso believed that “every child is an artist,”
every child does not have equal access to art education. Little Picassos seeks to redress this imbalance, by working with The Road Home’s Housing and Hope program, and the Meadowood Neighborhood Center.

As research has consistently shown, children who have suffered trauma and poverty can benefit greatly by being afforded a safe space to explore their feelings, and grow their sense of self. Furthermore, The National Educational Longitudinal Survey found that students who were highly involved with the arts outperformed less-involved peers, even within low socioeconomic groups; thus indicating that although these children may experience the effects of being economically disadvantaged, art programs such as this, may help level the academic playing field for children of
poverty.

New research conducted at Concordia University in
Portland, verifies that “the arts give students creative ways to tackle tough
concepts, help them ask better questions, and use multiple methods to
solve problems.”

Together, we have learned so much: from the portraits of Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, to the dreamy paintings of Marc Chagall & Faith Ringgold, and the iconic work of women artists like Frida Kahlo & Mary Cassatt, as well as the magical ceramic masks of Kimmy Cantrell.

Please celebrate these fabulous young artists with us!