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heARTfelt Thursdays: Sci-Fi Dragon Fly

"Dragon Fly" or "Homesick".

“Dragon Fly” or “Homesick”, Mixed Mediums: acrylic and ink on canvas.

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.” -Leonardo da Vinci

Megan is one of the many incredibly talented youth in the Passion 4 Youth Fine Arts program. The piece above is a glimpse into her unique imagination, a creativity that bubbles and glimmers when you meet her.

Now, when you meet Megan, you instantly feel her warmth and energy. Yet, if you were to flashback to last summer, you would have met a very different person.

Last spring Megan joined the art group. By summer time she was unwell and it showed both physically and emotional. She was living on the streets, using drugs, and had no hope for the future. At that time she did not expect to make it to her next birthday.

Megan received acceptance and support from the P4Y program, from its staff, mentors and her peers. After getting the support that she needed, Megan was able to make some positive changes in her life. She now has a stable apartment and a full-time job, but most importantly, Megan has confidence in her own abilities and a positive outlook for her future.

Megan is a wonderful example of the transformational powers of art and community; she is alive, she is working, she is caring, and she is herself. This is exactly what P4Y was meant to be: a flash and a glimmer in the dark, that grows to be so much more.

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