Cathedral Arts Project Works Cross-Sector to Support Youth

Cathedral Arts Project (Jacksonville, FL) has recently announced a cross-sector partnership with the Youth Crisis Center (YCC) that allows YCC to reach youth populations with creative and artistic programming. Funded by the Jim Moran Foundation, the partnership is an example of the partnership opportunities advocated for by the Creative Youth Development National Partnership.

In what is being called one of the worst funding years for arts and culture by the state of Florida, the Youth Crisis Center (YCC) and Cathedral Arts Project (CAP) say funding from The Jim Moran Foundation has been more critical than ever for the youth both agencies serve. A partnership with CAP has provided visual arts classes for youth in the Residential Crisis Care Center at YCC to help with therapeutic self-expression. It is a vital part of the counseling and support services YCC offers to youth who have been exposed to traumatic situations such as divorce, homelessness, relocation, loss of life, bullying, abuse, and sex trafficking.

The Jim Moran Foundation has sponsored 28 weeks of classes in 2018 at YCC that teach art forms such as 3D and clay sculpture, word art and collage, among others. “We are thankful for the leadership that The Jim Moran Foundation has shown in funding education and the arts in our community. Through this grant, YCC’s partnership with the Cathedral Arts Project has restored visual arts classes for the children and teens YCC serves in our Residential Crisis Care program,” said Kim Sirdevan, president and CEO of YCC. “Although our youth are receiving these classes while in Residential Crisis Care, there are many others in our community who are not because of a lack of funding. We want our community to know that a lack of funding truly impacts so many young people, who for some, use the arts to help in their healing.”

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Published: August 23, 2018