Liz McCreary of Macalester College is the May CASE ServiceBook Monthly award winner. She received $1000 for her project to create an art education program for homeless children in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Currently, there are no shelter programs in St. Paul that cater to the mental health and creativity of homeless children. Art education offers a medium through which children, overwhelmed by intense emotions, can face and express their feelings in a supportive environment and experiment with various forms of art. This program intends to draw from practices of art therapy, as well as local art resources, to address the unmet mental and emotional needs of homeless children in St. Paul. Activities will include art projects, guest speakers, field trips, and community displays.