ART IN THE GARDEN
Art in the Garden is OMA Pittsburgh’s first educational program. It’s centered around investing in the resiliency and social and emotional development of Pittsburgh’s youth. Art in the Garden supports youth in holding themselves and others in compassion and helping them to grow in connectedness to themselves, each other, and the earth.
Art in the Garden has an arts and ecology camp as well as monthly events for youth and families. Our arts and ecology curriculum is centered around the five core Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies which foster values such as self-confidence, self-regulation, perspective-taking, compassion, communication, and ethical responsibility.
Art in the Garden aims to affirm the cultural backgrounds of the youth we serve, focus on whole-child development, use restorative approaches to conflict, nurture relationships, and engage youth in arts and ecological activities that foster social and emotional development. Supporting the social and emotional development of youth contributes to the creation of a healthy, inclusive, and equitable society. Above all, Art in the Garden seeks to enable youth to grow in connectedness to themselves, each other, and our earth. Our programming supports youth knowing—in deep and lasting ways—the interconnectedness of all living beings, that we are all whole and all belong.
We believe that when we grow in our understanding of connectedness to ourselves, each other, and our earth, we are able to create healthier communities.
We believe mindfulness practices have the power to help youth as they work to reframe untrue and distorted or limiting beliefs and that this can create space for the positive transformation of self, family, and community.
We believe it is morally imperative to prevent early childhood adversity and equip adults with tools to support youth.
We believe that all people deserve access to healthy food.
We believe all people have a right to easily access and enjoy green space.
We believe in an environmental ethic that sequester carbon, creates wildlife habitat, and increases biodiversity for the benefit of all beings.
We believe in the transformative power and healing potential of art and nature.
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Please consider donating online HERE
or send a check to “OMA / Art in the Garden”
OMA Center for Mind, Body and Spirit
100 Rutledge Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(OMA is a 501c3 so your donation is tax deductible.)
Art in the Garden is supported by donations from people like you, OMA Center for Mind, Body and Spirit, The Neighbors Committee and The Presbyterian Women at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Borland Garden, the African Healing Garden, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Burkholder Foundation, WTAfter3, Pacific Playtents, CityGrows, Shadysid
“The Heinz Endowments is devoted to the mission of helping our region prosper as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic and environmental sustainability. Core to our work is the vision of a just community where all are included and where everyone who calls southwestern Pennsylvania home has a real and meaningful opportunity to thrive.”