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The Power of Self-Expression

Art gives us the ability to express ourselves in ways that nothing else can.

Self-expression allows us to understand ourselves and process our emotions.

Research conducted at the Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute confirms that self-expression in the arts positively affects mood, function, cognition, and behavior. Self-expression plays a significant role in developing our capacity to relate to others and engage in deep relationships.

One volunteer celebrated the positive impact of self-expression in her volunteer application. She wrote: “I hope to give children support and comfort they need, as well as an outlet to creativity… I myself have found creativity in the form of art and dance to be an empowering and therapeutic and a way to let go and truly express myself. I would love to be able to aid children and students in this form of self-expression.”

Not only do outlets for self-expression give us windows into ourselves, but they ignite the desire to empower others.

When a child spends an hour with drawchange, they are given the space to express themselves freely through art, instilling stress relief, and self-confidence.

Are you interested in helping more children unlock their potential through self-expression? Donate today!


Benefits of Expressive Art Therapy for Children. (n.d.). Retrieved February 26, 2020, from

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