Creative Connections

 

 

 

 

The Creative Connections Program seeks to creatively cultivate and build communities of compassion, connection, and purpose.  Our vision is accomplished by providing opportunities to practice and enrich skills in social and emotional regulation and relationship building in creative ways for people of all ages and abilities.

 

For more information please visit the Creative Connections Website. 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTFUL CONNECTIONS MOM’S GROUP
The Artful Connections Mom’s Group is a therapeutic art group with the purpose of connecting mothers and providing support, purpose, and hope while creating art together.  During COVID-19, we have made these groups (Thursday afternoons from 2-3 p.m.) accessible online. We also deliver and provide pick-up for art kits in order that all materials are readily available to participants.

 

 

ARTFUL CONNECTIONS WOMEN’S GROUP
The Artful Connections Women’s Group is a therapeutic art group that targets women who are 50 and older with the purpose of connecting and building relationships while creating art together.  During COVID-19, we have made these groups (Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10-11a.m.) accessible online. We also deliver and provide pick-up for art kits in order that all materials are readily available to participants.

 

 

CAFA C.A.R.E.S.
CAFA C.A.R.E.S. (Child and Adolescent Relationship Enrichment Skills) are classes for children of mothers in OPAC (Outgrowing Power, Anger, and Control), a court-mandated domestic violence intervention program.  These classes, designed for children, help teach and encourage skills in social and emotional regulation and healthy relationships through expressive and artistic opportunities.

 

 

PARENT/CHILD GROUPS
These art groups are designed for parents and children to build their connection and relationship with one another.  Parents provide a supportive, encouraging role of noticing creations of their children while creating a positive memory and a tangible, artistic piece together.  Tools and skills to further practice building their relationship included within the groups.

 

 

COMING SOON!

THERAPUTIC CONNECTIONS FOR SENIORS 

Theraputic Connections for Seniors is an art group that targets individuals who are 50 and older with the purpose of connecting and building relationships while creating art that helps participants to process life events together using multipe different art mediums.

 

In February of 2020, the Creative Connections Program offered a 6-week mosaic workshop to women who were 50 and older.  While this group gathered broken materials to create cohesive works of art, they found parallels in their own lives and created bonds with one another.

When the shutdown began due to COVID-19, this age group, identified as the most vulnerable group in our population, began to especially experience feelings of isolation, loss, and anxiety.  In response to this, the "Artful Connections" class went to an online format.  Art kits were made, delivered and/or picked up, and classes were offered once a week.  These classes offered artistic activities that gave participants space to process feelings and connect with one another.  This served a need in a time when this portion of our population felt especially separated from others.

After the first successful online pilot group in April, a second "Artful Connections" group began in May to serve more in this age bracket. During this time, the Creative Connections applied for a grant with Lane Arts Council with the intention of continuing to provide meaningful opportunities for art and connection for seniors, and the grant was accepted!  This grant will be awarded by Lane Arts Council with an appearance from Mayor Lucy Vinis who will speak about art grants in our community. CAFA will be featured in this video as one of the grants recipients.

Groups were also invited to participate in a community-wide outdoor art exhibit in August through Eugene Cultural Services. Participants were given the opportunity to convey how they have processed themes connected to COVID-19 such as "disruption, loss, reflection, and hope experienced during this time of crisis and change."  Through the healing and connection these participants have found, they are able to convey these things not only with themselves and one another, but also with our community.

The Creative Connections Program looks forward to continuing to make opportunities available to seniors, as we see this has fulfilled a great need for meaning and connection within this age group both now and even in times outside of COVID-19.  If you are interested in finding out more about, taking part, or supporting these classes, please contact the Creative Connections Program at creativeconnectionscafa.com.