Therapeutic Arts Program
Abuse and neglect can sometimes shatter lives. But thanks to the FCCS Therapeutic Arts Program (TAP), abused and neglected children are turning their trauma into triumph. Through the journey of traditional and non-traditional therapy, children in TAP learn to express their feelings and experiences through the use of fine arts, dance, song and drama. Their destination is simple — healing.
Through one-on-one mentoring and group sessions, participants work to improve communication and relationships; increase ways of coping with anxiety, frustration, and stress; as well as address issues with child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, abandonment, parent/child conflict, adoption and violence. TAP provides services to FCCS youth between the ages of 13 and 19. Special activities are offered throughout the year for youth ages 10 to 12. Groups are non-traditional in nature, in that visual and performing arts are used to provide activity therapy to increase self-awareness, self-esteem and self-reliance.
The community has the opportunity to share in the creativity and inspiration of children who are served by Franklin County Children Services through an annual art show and silent auction, which features work from youth who are involved with TAP or the FCCS Adoption Department. The show is open to the public and attendees are able to bid on pieces including canvases, mixed-media, photography, jewelry, clay creations, abstract, fabric, and recycled art.
Proceeds benefit the FCCS Children's Fund, which provides special opportunities to children involved with the agency such as extracurricular activities and summer camp. The show has drawn the attention of employees, representatives from provider agencies, local government officials, participants' family members and friends. Thanks to a partnership between TAP and the Columbus Arts Council, more and more art lovers from the community attend each year as well. Click here to view a video featuring works from the most recent art show: TAP Art Show and Silent Auction - 2016.
Click here to view works from previous years: