Thursday, October 23, 2008

Young People Finding Voice

Tonight was the launch of two art programs from Salvation Army networks dealing with homeless and at-risk youth (Brunswick and Westcare). I went to the Brunswick one and in addition to viewing dozens of paintings, I got to see a video documentary with young people telling their own stories and hear some original music played live.

Creative expression is an incredibly valuable tool. Not only does it allow us to express emotions that are difficult to articulate otherwise but it opens up the possibility to channel energy into positive outlets rather than negative ones. It can also be a deeply spiritual activity. If God is the great creator of all existence, then our own creative activity can be seen as divine imitation.

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