Emma's Art Kits

A Peacemaking Project by EMMA S.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Emma's Art Kits will be passed out in children's hospitals to those who are unable to leave their beds to visit the play room or participate in art therapy. These kits give those are going through a hard time a way to express themselves. The kits will be assembled by volunteers and delivered bedside with all of the supplies a patient needs including painting, drawing, and coloring supplies.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of providing a way for patients to express themselves through art.
we will address giving those who are unable to leave their hospital bed a way to create art and express themselves
by providing Emma's Art Kits to patients in nationwide children's hospitals.

Comments:

Adrian B. Peace First Staff
5 April 2018 13:16

Hi Emma,


We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for an Accelerator, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can support your project in any way! :)

Best,
Adrian  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
27 March 2018 12:46

Hi Emma!

We're excited to hear more about your ideas to address this important injustice! I wanted to let you know about an opportunity -- if you are interested in getting some funding for materials that you need to carry out your project, you can apply for a mini-grant of up to $250.

The deadline to submit your Project Plan and Mini-Grant Application is March 31st if you want to remain eligible to apply to attend a Peace First Accelerator.

As you craft your plan, be sure to consider the feedback we gave you on your compassionate insight, and check out our project planning tools for help turning your insight into a concrete action plan: https://www.peacefirst.org/plan-your-project

Then, through your dashboard you can make any changes you want to make to your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let us know if you have questions. We're looking forward to supporting your project!  

Kelsey T.
13 February 2018 16:10

Hi there! I'm a member of the Peace First team and wanted to provide you with some Feedback on your Compassionate Insight. We encourage you to use this feedback as you continue to progress through your peacemaking journey, and if you apply for a mini-grant, your Insight will be one of the things we consider, so you are welcome to use this feedback to strengthen your insight before that stage in the process.

Your idea to create the opportunity for patients to express themselves using art is really fantastic -- I love that your plan focuses on making art as accessible as possible by creating kits with everything needed! Art therapy can be wonderfully beneficial and I'm sure many children would love to receive these kits!

Although I can understand your thinking, I'd encourage you to re-write the first two elements of your compassionate insight to make it clearer. For the first part of the sentence, we're looking for you to articulate the specific injustice that you want to address-- what is the injustice you've identified that is causing harm to the patients? For example, is the injustice that some hospital patients do not have access to art programs that would help them express themselves?
(Our Choose tools can help if you need a bit more info on how to articulate the injustice: https://www.peacefirst.org/choose-injustice

Then, in the second part of the sentence, we ask that you consider the root causes of that injustice -- in other words, what is happening beneath the surface that is allowing that injustice to happen or persist? Your idea for a solution (currently "providing Emma's Art Kits to patients in nationwide children's hospitals") should directly address the root cause you choose to focus on.

Once you think about how you want to articulate the injustice, our Understand tools can help you dive deeper, adjust your compassionate insight if you want to make it stronger, and ultimately develop an even more powerful project!
You can find those tools here: https://www.peacefirst.org/understand-through-compassion
Excited to see what comes next!  

Adrian B. Peace First Staff
13 February 2018 14:32

Hi Emma!

Thanks so much for posting this project! I love the idea of giving young people in hospitals/who can't get out of bed more access to art supplies. Are you connecting with art therapists and other people who bring arts and expression into medical settings? Here are some great places to start:

https://medium.com/hsxd-healthcare-systems-by-design/life-lessons-learned-while-bringing-art-to-hospital-patients-2b8a5fb81031
https://www.fastcompany.com/3034374/how-integrating-the-arts-into-hospitals-could-humanize-healthcare
http://www.childrenshospital.org/patient-resources/family-resources/creative-arts-program
https://www.arttherapy.org/upload/medicalsettingstoolkit.pdf
http://www.sickkids.ca/patient-family-resources/Creative-Arts-Therapy/Creative-Arts-Therapy.html
http://www.chop.edu/services/creative-arts-therapies

I'm curious if we can work to go deeper to define the injustice you're addressing. The next step of the project is submitting a compassionate insight, which includes a clearly-defined injustice. (If you submit it by February 28, you will be able to apply for our spring accelerator conference!) Here are some tools for working on defining your injustice:
https://www.peacefirst.org/choose-injustice

Please let us know how we can best support you! So excited to see where this project will lead. :)

Best,
Adrian  

Amy T. Peace First Staff
5 July 2018 12:09

Hi Emma,

I'm a member from the Peace First team. It's awesome to hear that you plan on assembling art kits for children in hospitals! Are children in hospitals not given the attention that they deserve? I encourage you to incorporate the feedback that Kelsey has already given you on your compassionate insight! Please let us know if you have any questions along the way. I can't wait to see how your project goes! :)

Best,
Amy