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April 8, 2012 / Christie Ray Harrison

Ragamuffin Project: Creative Arts Therapy for Kids

Creative arts allow people to express themselves, tell stories, and connect with the emotions of others. The Ragamuffin Project believes that the creative arts also have a therapeutic application, that creative expression can be an avenue of healing and relief from emotional pain or psychological damage. The Ragamuffin Project consists of accredited arts therapists working with children in hospitals, clinics, schools and other facilities, in cooperation with teachers, parents, doctors, psychologists, social workers and other specialists, to bring emotional healing through creative expression. There are Ragamuffin Project teams all over the world, working with children in Cambodia, Pan Asia, Russia, the UK, Europe and Peru.

Ragamuffin Project

Artist: Toha Hasan

Ragamuffin Project bases much of their philosophy on this quote by Kip Loring: “To be human is to be creative. The Arts form an essential element of our experience. People all over the world tell stories, dance and act, sing and draw. Arts Therapy combines this innate capacity for creative expression with a variety of psychological theoretical models from around the world. Science meets Art to produce an effective therapeutic treatment that is accessible to all.”

Donations to Ragamuffin Project’s work around the world can be given on their website, or on the GlobalGiving site. You can also read a personal account about the experience of one of GlobalGiving’s InTheField Travelers, Jacqueline Lee, at Ragamuffin Project’s arts therapy center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on her blog, “Jacqueline in the Field.”

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  1. jacquelineinthefield / Apr 8 2012 11:46 pm

    Love your blog – how the arts can inspire positive change! Thank you for spreading awareness about change-makers in society.

    • Christie Ray Harrison / Apr 9 2012 10:59 am

      Thanks Jacqueline! Appreciate your feedback and the work that you’re doing for GlobalGiving!

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