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Northeast Delta HSA funds summer art workshop hosted by Black Creatives Circle

Northeast Delta HSA funds summer art workshop hosted by Black Creatives Circle

MONROE, LA – Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NEDHSA) has partnered with the Black Creative Circle of North Louisiana (BCCNL) to host a free summer art workshop on June 17-27, 2024. This art workshop allows youth to learn the art of collage making, painting, drawing, and other creative activities as an expressive art form. Art workshops are open to ages 9-14. Limited spots are available, and the camp will take place at Sugar Gallery, 131 Art Alley in Downtown Monroe.

This is part of the NEDHSA’s Art Is Medicine special initiative, an integrated health care, evidence-based prevention, communications, and treatment strategy to help serve persons with mental health, addictive disorders, and developmental disabilities.

NEDHSA’s Executive Director, Dr. Monteic A. Sizer, said, “The arts can help people come alive in ways traditional treatment options can’t.”

“We intend to help create an environment where dreams are realized, families are strong, bodies are healthy, community institutions are thriving, and spirits are renewed,” Dr. Sizer said.

BCCNL is an artist think tank designed to nurture, encourage, and discuss art-related issues with North Louisiana artisans from the African Diaspora. BCCNL encompasses animators, cartoonists, designers, filmmakers, graphic designers, illustrators, painters, photographers, printmakers, poets, orators, screenwriters, sculptors, stylists, and writers.

BCCNL President Vitus Shell said, “We are always looking to introduce and expose the next generation to art because of how the arts can help you feel more alive.”

“And we’re just so thankful to the HSA for believing in our vision and believing in the arts to remove any barrier a child or family might have to keep them from being a part of this workshop,” Shell said.

NEDHSA has brought many art initiatives to the region, such as psychodramas, Jiggaerobics, hip hop-to-prevention efforts, and partnering with arts and communications programs at regional colleges and universities.

NEDHSA fully funds the workshop, and individuals are able to sign by visiting https://forms.gle/r8SuUL4K6Nwknf5bA

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Dr. Monteic A. Sizer

Dr. Monteic A. Sizer serves as Executive Director of Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (Northeast Delta HSA). He joined the organization in May 2013 as its first Executive Director. He is uniquely qualified to advocate on behalf of citizens located in the twelve Northeast Delta HSA parishes he represents because he exemplifies how people can meet their greatest human potential based on accountability, integrity and a willingness to engage in their own lives.

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