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Expressive Arts

Art heals.

At Tanager, Expressive Arts is an important part of treatment. Together with trained art, music, and drama therapists, children enrolled in the Expressive Arts program work to unlock emotions, memories and experiences through visual arts, music, or creative writing. This interactive process helps children struggling with complicated emotions communicate through artistic expression.

Children painting and drawing

Support Expressive Arts

The Tanager Expressive Arts program is one of a kind and is solely dependent on the community’s support. Your donation to Tanager will help children express and understand themselves. Donate today.

Join us for expressive arts activities at our Studio on 5th.

Expressing ourselves through the arts can be a powerful experience. That expression can occur through music, painting, dance, poetry, clay, acting or another art form. Expressive arts are a powerful intervention for children and families that has shown to boost self-confidence, develop inner strengths, and explore emotions.

Some of the key benefits of expressive arts activities include:

  • Cultivating Right Brain Development
  • Supporting Youth to Feel Safe, Connection & Belonging, Meaning & Purpose and a sense of Efficacy
  • Increasing Social and Emotional Development
  • Using Expressive Arts to Enhance the Mind, Body and Spirit
  • Strengthening Sense of Self
  • Connection to the Collective Unconscious


Expressive arts offerings will aim to offer:

  • Enhanced self-expression
  • Enhanced use of the imagination
  • Enhanced use of all of the senses
  • Heightened ability to be in the present moment
  • Strengthened ability to self-regulate
  • Strengthened sense of capacity and self-efficacy
  • Developed sense of personal identity
  • Deeper sense of self awareness
  • Deeper sense of empathy for others
  • Enhanced sense of connection to others and sense of community

Now is the best time to start treatment.

To schedule an appointment, or learn more about our Expressive Arts program, contact us today.

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