Hemispheres partners with WEAVE for Welcome Home Program


Hemispheres Arts Academy Board President and Sacramento City Councilmember Rob Fong presented WEAVE Executive Director, Beth Hassett, with a check for $5,000 today.

Hemispheres Arts Academy is partnering with WEAVE to launch the Welcome Home program for children staying at the new Safehouse, completed in July. The Welcome Home program is designed to integrate an art-centered activity as part of the In-take process which assists children in adapting to their new home. The art project helps each child to assume a sense of personal ownership of their space in the Safehouse and to feel a greater sense of belonging.

As WEAVE has been forced to absorb more than $700,000 in government funding cuts in the last year, it has been necessary to scale back many programs and services. Ensuring even minimal funding for critical art therapy activities has become increasingly difficult. The $5,000 grant from Hemispheres will ensure that every child staying at the Safehouse has an opportunity to express themselves through art and develop a personal masterpiece which enhances their experience.

“With the funding provided from the Hemispheres Arts Academy, WEAVE is able to use art as a tool to help young children process the violence they have witnessed,” said Hassett. “These funds are much more than an art project. It’s giving children a healthy outlet to begin talking about violence that until now has been an ugly secret.”

“This year Hemispheres has focused on aiding programs that make use of art as a method to help children in crisis,” said Councilmember Fong. “The Welcome Home program fits perfectly with this mission.”

Hemispheres has donated more than $75,000 to arts programming so far this year. Hemispheres grant recipients include the St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children, WIND Center for Homeless Youth, Mustard Seed School, Sacramento City Unified School District, the Sacramento Theatre Company and the Sacramento Ballet.

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