Arts Connect Eastern Kentucky
Making art provides the opportunity to shape an outcome through a dialogical give and take with the work-in-progress.
The trying and undergoing that an art-maker engages in as a piece of art comes into being refines the ability to make with care—to pay attention to detail, perceive part/whole relationships, tolerate the unknown, to hypothesize, try out and re-think, to practice patience with the work and with oneself, to self-correct. Engaging in the process of art enables participants to experience the sense of ‘flow’ that comes with unifying the focus of mind, body and heart and not unimportantly, the flow of dopamine induced by a health-supporting activity.
Our projects involve art-making activities facilitated by our teaching artists to promote empowerment and self-development among people currently or formerly in Kentucky detention and recovery centers.