ETHS partnership provides resources for creative expression and well-being

Through partnerships with community organizations, Evanston Township High School offers students multiple opportunities to gain support and engage in mindfulness practices.

Open Studio Project provides a welcoming environment to create art for personal growth, socio-emotional learning (SEL), and community well-being. Their SEL Arts Studies Program is available to ETHS students and staff throughout the school year in response to the COVID pandemic.

“Students learn to deal with feelings of stress and impulse control, to be more present and to be thoughtful problem solvers,” said Sarah Laing, executive director of the Open Studio Project. “The pandemic has been overwhelming on many levels. This artistic space gives them a chance to address issues of social justice, fear and anxiety, grief and sadness, among other complex feelings.

The Open Studio Project program is available on campus during lunch hours several days a week, as well as after school on Mondays and at the Wildkit Academy. Teaching artists and art therapists are on hand to help students develop a sense of belonging and connection through creative expression.

“This program offers a great way to express creative thoughts,” said freshman Connor Hill. “School day can be stressful, especially for students who may not know many others. And it’s nice to have a place to go without the pressure.

Visit the Open Studio project website for more information.

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