Schools use art to heal wounds left by violence

MiamiHerald.com | 05/15/2006 | Schools use art to heal wounds left by violence

EDUCATION

Schools use art to heal wounds left by violence
Rondarius Smith, 13, sketched an image of Homestead Bayfront Park, where he goes to relax and think, as part of his school's 'Art for Peace' project.

A project at Campbell Dive Middle School confronts violence through art therapy in search for avenues toward peace and reconciliation. 
BY PETER BAILEY
pbailey@MiamiHerald.com 

Every weekend, 13-year-old Rondarious Smith heads to the beach at Homestead Bayfront Park and gazes at the turquoise tranquility stretching before him. He sits daydreaming as the waves rush in, staring at the approaching ripples until they lap at his feet.

”It’s where I go to get away . . . It’s an escape from the violence at school and in the community,” said Rondarious, a sixth-grader at Campbell Drive Middle School.

He recreated his beach safe-haven in a painting emblazoned on a mural in the school’s media center. The artwork — and more than 100 more from other Campbell Drive students — is part of a project called Art for Peace, an exhibit that uses art therapy to address campus violence.

”Through art, the students were given an opportunity to express their intimate feelings on violence,” said Morgen Chesonis-Gonzalez, a clinical art therapist with the Miami-Dade school district. Continued…
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One response to “Schools use art to heal wounds left by violence

  1. I go to campbell drive middle. Yes, there is a lot if violence and kids do get arrested but we still learn.
    I love Campbell drive middle and I wouldn’t change schools.

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