Project Spotlight: Damascus High School

12 students from Damascus High School created soothing park, nature trail and garden scenes through their 2015-2016 Youth Art For Healing project. These 12 paintings are now providing comfort in hallways and 3rd floor atriums at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. Here's what Damascus Art teacher Gretchen Goldsmith says about the program:

"Youth Art For Healing (YAFH) has won me over, heart, body & soul as an Art Educator & Artist because during YAFH projects, we are dedicated to creating art as a vehicle for positive change, happiness and wellbeing for all involved parties. I readily see a marked change within myself and my students through our participation with YAFH projects. Our shared time together, many late afternoons in most cases, lends itself to special, personal conversations and at times silliness which gives birth to new inter-personal relationships based on our shared YAFH experiences. YAFH opportunities are so dearly loved by students, they begin asking in August for our next assignment."

See students and their completed pieces, ready for delivery to MedStar NRH for installation.