Artwork created by children staying at The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery while working with registered Art and Play Therapists in the Healing Hearts Program is currently on display at Picasso’s Coffee House, 1650 Beale Street #115 in St. Charles.
Reactions to the images have included: “This artwork will touch your heart.” “It gives me goosebumps.” “It makes me happy and sad at the same time.”
The Healing Hearts Program utilizes art and creativity as a way for the children of the Nursery to express their feelings and to help work through any trauma they may have experienced or are currently experiencing.
“Between the two therapists, 154 kiddos receive art or play therapy each month. We estimate that over 22,000 children have had a chance to work through tough times with the Crisis Nursery’s Healing Hearts Program,” CEO DiAnne Mueller said.
She explained that one of the key components of the program is allowing the child to have one-on-one time with an adult.
“To have an adult focus on them, listen to them and help them feel better is so valuable to their development,” Mueller said.
Ann Wier, Crisis Nursery Art Therapist, set up the display.
“We are so grateful to Chris [Schulte, owner] and Picasso’s Coffee House for making this space available to the Crisis Nursery,” Wier said. “It gives us a chance to share the work of the children with the community.”
The art will be on display through February.
The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery provides a safe haven 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for children, birth through age 12, whose families are facing a crisis. Parents bring children to the Nursery free of charge, on a voluntary basis where they receive a medical exam, therapeutic activities, nutritious meals and take-home necessities. Parents receive crisis counseling, in-home visits, parent educational groups, and community outreach. In 32 years, the Crisis Nursery has served over 114,000 children.