By Roxanne De La Rosa, Photo: Free Art For Abused Children Of Arizona, Azcentral., November 14, 2021
In 1993, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona was created by art therapist Margaret Beresford.
There was zero funding to start the program, but Beresford understood that art can be used to bridge the gaps in services for children who have experienced trauma. Today, the group serves an average of 7,000 children a year.
Many come from foster care, homeless and domestic-violence shelters, group homes and treatment centers. The children are often separated from their families because of unsafe living conditions. Curriculum promotes safety, self-expression, life skills and self-confidence, all aimed at increasing resilience.