WWU art club assists Dream Factory with art therapy

When life seems unbearable, create something. When struggling
under what seems a mountain of stress, create something. That’s what the
William Woods University Art Club attempts to accomplish with art therapy.
 
Sunday, April 15, the WWU art club, known as T.A.G. (Thriving
Artists Group), teamed
up with the Central Missouri Dream
Factory chapter to offer art therapy for Dream Factory children. WWU
art students designed multiple crafts and assisted the children and their families in constructing their projects.
 
For a couple of hours,
the children worked
to create paper flowers and paint vases from recycled water bottles. Their WWU art
buddies also traced their bodies and
helped them write cheerful and encouraging sayings inside their tracings.
 
Participating WWU art students were Jessica Bargate, Erica
Begley, Cristina Christianson, Meghan Greenwalt, Cassie
Kennedy and Jamie Lanagan.  In addition, Jennifer Sain, art club adviser; her daughter, Ellie; and Terry Martin, professor of art, accompanied the group. Leigh Rice, a WWU student and Dream Factory volunteer,
also helped with the event.
 
Four University of Missouri
organizations, the Little Sisters of the Pearls and Rubies, Kappa Kappa Gamma,
Phi Kappa Theta and Beta Sigma Psi, assisted with the event.
 
The Dream Factory is a national volunteer
organization that works to
fulfill dreams for critically and chronically ill children between the ages of 3 and18. With
the help of generous donations and a variety of fundraisers, the organization fulfills
dreams for children and their
families.
 
To remain in touch after their dreams,
the organization conducts multiple events throughout the year for the children and their families
to attend. These include annual Halloween and Christmas parties,
a Royals game, and other games and activities.