" I am moved by the beauty
and insight found in the artwork of these children.
Aldea's Children's Art Therapy Calendar is a testament
to the healing effect of art therapy."
-Congressman Mike Thompson
"The Aldea Art Therapy
Calendar showcases the creativity, insightfulness
and determination of these children. Every year I
look forward to this calendar and meeting these
inspiring young artists."
-Senator Lois Wolk
Words alone are not enough to express what children
feel. This is especially true when they are faced
with the complex issues of divorce, grief, violence,
abuse, neglect or coping with a disability. That
is why art therapy has become an integral part of
the treatment program at Aldea Children and Family
Services, which serves the mental health needs of
children and their families in Napa and Solano Counties
of California. Art therapy gives these children
a voice to express a wide range of emotions and
helps them work through conflicts and traumas with
the guidance of trained therapists.
The art in this calendar represents an array of
children's work, from whimsical to evocative. While
expressing themselves in this visual way, the children
gain a sense of empowerment. Their accomplishments
in art therapy also act to help them develop a positive
self-image and improve their self-esteem.
Aldea, Spanish for little village, is a non-profit
organization that offers verbal, play and art therapy
to children in outpatient, residential, and school
settings. Services are provided to families in crisis
and need regardless of their income or ability to
pay. Through the sales of this calendar, we hope
to increase our art therapy services to even more
children who could benefit from this unique and
powerful means of expression.
We thank the sponsors of Aldea's Art Therapy Program,
whose concern and generosity have helped make this
program and publication possible. We especially
acknowledge the children, whose creativity in the
face of adversity is an inspiration to all of us.
Al Friedman, M.A., A.T.R.
Project Coordinator / Art Therapist.