Jefferson High School’s Hannah Montgomery (junior) and Makayla Glubka (senior) will be showcasing their artwork at the 4th annual Youth Engagement for Resiliency Art Show organized by Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC).
The event provides youth with an opportunity to share their stories of overcoming adversity. ASAC and the Cedar Rapids Community School District work together to support students by providing consistent, supportive, and safe learning environments. They work to provide students with supports who may experience Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) which are significant childhood experiences, both positive and negative, which may have a tremendous impact on lifelong health and opportunity.
Max’s drawing pertains to the anxieties and fears of being in the dark. Hannah’s photograph explores her “struggle to be thin for society.” Both students are passionate about exploring how art can help youth to better understand their experiences as well as engage adults in conversations about ACEs.
The 4th annual art showcase will feature the works of students from around the community and will be held at the Cedar Rapids Public Library from 10 am-1pm on March 24, 2018.
*This story is told with support and permission from the artists' parents/guardians.