The Uvalde Love Project

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The Texas Compassionate Cities are rallying donations for the Uvalde Love Project. As compassionate cities in Texas we have decided to join together to gather donations throughout our networks and combine all the collected donations to represent unity in our support for Uvalde in the wake of the tragic Robb Elementary School shooting on May 24, 2022.

 

Please donate right away.  We'd like all donations by November 30, 2022 or before!  Then, we will provide all the collected funds as of that date to the project.

 

When you donate through the link on this page, you will be contributing to the collaborative donation from the Texas Compassionate Cities. 100% of donations will go to the project. The art therapy will help Uvalde children, youth, families in their recovery and the tile mural that is co-created by community members will be a lasting tribute to the community's resiliency and a lasting legacy memorial.

We need your donation! You can learn more below and also via the project's website, https://www.uvaldelove.com/which will provide updates on the project's progress.

Thank you in advance. Now is the time for us to join together in compassionate action and help fund this valuable project to help the people of Uvalde.

 

What is the Uvalde Love Project?

Uvalde Love Project is a community project that will promote community healing through a combination of workshops and art. The final part of the project is a mosaic mural of hand made tiles by workshop participants and other members of the community.

 

The Plan

A team of Art Therapists will lead a series of small workshops and group therapy that will help participants discover paths for healing, ways to celebrate the present, and foster the love they have for each other and their community. Each workshop or group will cater to different age groups, including adults, children, and teens (including students in school and those who are attending school from home).

The benefit of group therapy by age group is to allow more voices to be heard and learn from each other in a safe space for healing. It also provides connectedness that reaches beyond the sessions into the wider community. Our team of Art Therapists will also be meeting with teachers, tutors and city personnel to provide trauma specific training and hands-on workshops.

During the workshops participants will join our team in creating hand-made tiles for a mosaic mural. The design will be a joyful, love-filled mosaic inspired by nature and other elements chosen by the Uvalde community members. The final creation will be displayed at Jardin de los Heroes Park.

100% of donations will go to this project, and are primarily to pay for 3-5 licensed therapist's time & travel expenses as well as direct expenses for the mural. These therapists are currently working as volunteers, and we hope to make this project sustainable and offer services through the end of the 2022-23 school year.  All donations are tax-deductible and will be held specifically for this project by La Peña.

 

Tacos and Tiles

Connecting and supportive community art events co-facilitated by a Licensed Therapist and Uvalde community members. Create a mosaic tile mural together as a community!  Our events do not “feel like” traditional therapy, and talking is not required. We always aim to have food provided at our sessions, because tacos make every gathering even better!

Who:  Small groups of children, family, and community members, supported by trauma-informed therapists

What:  Group sessions to create tiles for a community mosaic mural and connect

When:  Various sessions throughout the 2022-23 School Year

Where:  Tile making will take place at St. Henry de Osso Family Project in Uvalde. The community mosaic mural will be installed and displayed at Jardin de los Heroes Park.

 

Uvalde Love Teacher Workshops

Who:  Five to eight Art/ Elective Teachers, supported by trauma-informed therapists 

What:  A group workshop series on the following topics

  • Trauma-informed teaching practices
  • Therapeutic art / expressive techniques that can be applied in the classroom
  • Calming, regulation, and mindfulness strategies that can be incorporated into classroom lessons or used personally
  • Burnout prevention and sustainability for teachers
  • Neuroscience basics

When:  Regular (at least monthly) sessions for the 2022-23 school year. The Uvalde Love workshops will take place after school hours or on weekends, so teachers will receive a small stipend for their time, likely in the range of $1,000 to $1,500. 

Where:  St. Henry’s Community Center

You can find out more about The Uvalde Love Project here: https://www.uvaldelove.com/

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