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June 13, 2013

Moore library offers art therapy

NORMAN — To offer children a way to communicate their feelings about the recent storms, the Moore Public Library, 225 S. Howard Ave., and the ARC Project will present a come-and-go art therapy session from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Friday.

Children will receive free backpacks filled with art supplies, which they can use to express themselves creatively with the facilitation of volunteer art therapists and counselors from the ARC Project.

The ARC Project: Art Relief for Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to children in need of a voice. Established as a disaster relief effort, the ARC Project responds to a state of emergency by assisting children therapeutically when disaster strikes.

Their mission is to offer children a safe and inspirational environment to express their feelings of loss, abandonment, confusion, fear, etc. by giving them the tools to paint, draw and color.

With the help of volunteer art therapists and art counselors, children are able to express their feelings and build a sense of self confidence so that they become better equipped to cope with their surroundings.

“The psychological impact of a disaster can be devastating for those involved. For children, the pain can be particularly hard to deal with or to express. We want the library to be a place for families to begin the healing process and will provide programs in the coming months to help facilitate this,” Moore branch manager Ashley Miller said. “We invite any child who has been impacted by our recent weather events to visit us this Friday. It doesn’t matter where they are from. If they can benefit from an art therapy session such as this, they are welcome.”

The Moore Public Library is part of the Pioneer Library System. For more information about this program or any of the programs and services offered at the library, call 793-5100, log on to justsoyouknow.us/moore or visit the library.

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