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Fostering Creativity: Ennis Center for Children

Fostering Creativity: Ennis Center for Children Fostering Creativity is a free therapeutic arts program for youth ages 5-21 affected by foster care in Genesee & Oakland Counties and youth who are involved, or at risk of being involved, in the juvenile justice system in Wayne County.

Operating as usual

Detroit youth did some coloring while making music yesterday.
02/27/2022

Detroit youth did some coloring while making music yesterday.

Bangtown in Flint! Youth created beats, drew, and made Valentine’s Day cards…..
02/12/2022

Bangtown in Flint! Youth created beats, drew, and made Valentine’s Day cards…..

01/08/2022

Starting the year off with Bangtown Productions, Studio-On-the -Go!! This group is starting our Flint, Detroit, and Pontiac programming! We are looking forward to some great music from our youth!

Happy Holidays!
12/22/2021

Happy Holidays!

Yesterday, youth from our Detroit program decorated Christmas stockings! They had a great time creating!
12/12/2021

Yesterday, youth from our Detroit program decorated Christmas stockings! They had a great time creating!

Mindfulness 3D sculpture in Detroit
12/06/2021

Mindfulness 3D sculpture in Detroit

In Flint, the youth finished their comics group and had a great time! Here are some of their comic pages.
11/26/2021

In Flint, the youth finished their comics group and had a great time! Here are some of their comic pages.

Detroit Mindfulness Group: drawing with your breath
11/15/2021

Detroit Mindfulness Group: drawing with your breath

Anxiety and stress reducers: Mandala making and affirmation cards. Our Detroit youth just recently finished this art dir...
11/12/2021

Anxiety and stress reducers: Mandala making and affirmation cards. Our Detroit youth just recently finished this art directive.

Tonight at 6:30pm
11/09/2021

Tonight at 6:30pm

Halloween weekend, the Detroit youth painted pumpkins to reduce anxiety and have a little holiday fun!
11/07/2021

Halloween weekend, the Detroit youth painted pumpkins to reduce anxiety and have a little holiday fun!

The Flint Comics as Visual Narrative group have been working hard on their comic characters and comic stories. Here are ...
11/04/2021

The Flint Comics as Visual Narrative group have been working hard on their comic characters and comic stories. Here are a few examples of their work.

This past Saturday, for our Detroit group, youth made yarn coiling dream catchers.
10/18/2021

This past Saturday, for our Detroit group, youth made yarn coiling dream catchers.

If you are able to donate, please think about donating to our foster family Thanksgiving dinners.
10/06/2021

If you are able to donate, please think about donating to our foster family Thanksgiving dinners.

Next Wednesday, October 13 @ 6pm
10/05/2021

Next Wednesday, October 13 @ 6pm

Detroit participants recently made dream catchers as their directive and discussed the importance of a healthy sleep sch...
09/17/2021

Detroit participants recently made dream catchers as their directive and discussed the importance of a healthy sleep schedule and napping. Here is the group dream catcher that was made.

#arttherapy #detroit #dreamcatcher

Fostering Creativity participants in Flint have started Music Mashup with Miss Kelsey. They discover and learn music the...
09/07/2021

Fostering Creativity participants in Flint have started Music Mashup with Miss Kelsey. They discover and learn music therapy through the means of singing, breathing exercises, dancing, playing instruments and games. They learn their basic concepts of music like rhythm, measures, etc. and work together to create music. They also have their own journal that they got to personalize and decorate!

#musictherapy #enniscenterforchildren #flintmichigan #fosterlove

Yesterday we put together art kits and dropped them off to our kiddos who haven't been able to attend our therapy groups...
08/31/2021

Yesterday we put together art kits and dropped them off to our kiddos who haven't been able to attend our therapy groups lately. We are always thinking of you and you are in our hearts 💕

The kits included a canvas, paint, colored pencils, a mixed media book and paint brushes.

#arttherapy #fosterlove #flintmichigan #enniscenterforchildren

This Tuesday marked our last summer day camp adventure and we took the kids to visit the Stockton house, 720 Ann Arbor S...
08/11/2021

This Tuesday marked our last summer day camp adventure and we took the kids to visit the Stockton house, 720 Ann Arbor St., Flint. The Stockton house was named after Thomas Stockton, a retired army colonel and commission merchant dealing in lime. Thomas built the house in 1872 and lived there with his wife, Maria, and family. The Stockton house was named Spring Grove after the mineral spring behind the house. After the house was sold, the Sisters of St. Joseph acquired the house in 1921 and expanded it, turning Spring Grove into a hospital until the year of 1936. After that, the house was then renovated and is now one of Flint’s hidden gems as a historical site.

We had a blast looking at the architecture, playing on the grand piano and learning about the history of the house! At the end of the tour, the kids received an activity book and they spent the last hour of our day engaging in the coloring, reading and activities the book had to offer.

We had a great time getting out in the sun 🌞 on Tuesday with Dr. Morey and exercising via natural movement! The kids pla...
08/05/2021

We had a great time getting out in the sun 🌞 on Tuesday with Dr. Morey and exercising via natural movement! The kids played human bowling and explored the anatomy of a human foot and skull 🦴👀. We also went a walk, played at the park and visited the Flint Farmers Market!

#naturalmovement #arttherapy #flintfarmersmarket
#greatlakeschiropractic
#flintmichigan

Have you ever seen our literacy room? Here is where our kids get to check out books and take a quiet break if needed. Th...
07/30/2021

Have you ever seen our literacy room? Here is where our kids get to check out books and take a quiet break if needed. They have also used this room for tutoring in the past. This is our youth's favorite room and look forward to checking out a new book each group!

Day 2 of summer day camp consisted of a mural tour led by Katie Yellow. The kids loved being outside and exploring the c...
07/28/2021

Day 2 of summer day camp consisted of a mural tour led by Katie Yellow. The kids loved being outside and exploring the city. They even described one mural by Emily Ding, as "spiritual" 🕊 We are always amazed by our youth's artistic eye and their passion for the arts.

Last week marked our first summer day camp of the year! We took the kids to the Ferris Wheel building to join Vivian fro...
07/28/2021

Last week marked our first summer day camp of the year! We took the kids to the Ferris Wheel building to join Vivian from 100k Ideas on a tour of the building where our youth had the opportunity to brainstorm their own business ideas.

Our kiddos finished up Tapology this past Tuesday and had the opportunity to decorate their shoes! How cool?! #tapdance ...
07/15/2021

Our kiddos finished up Tapology this past Tuesday and had the opportunity to decorate their shoes! How cool?! #tapdance #arttherapy #artoftheday

06/17/2021

How many tap dancers does it take to change a light bulb?

Five!... Six!... Seven!... Eight!😂👞

Our youth in Flint started their tap dance group through Tapology with Miss Shanzell last Tuesday and are off to a great start! They are learning about time, tempo, rhythm, vocabulary, and they are even learning how to drum on buckets! We can't wait to see where their tapping journey will take them in these next 4 weeks.

Theatre for Life! wrapped up the last group with some action packed role playing and story telling! Youth had a blast ac...
05/26/2021

Theatre for Life! wrapped up the last group with some action packed role playing and story telling! Youth had a blast acting out their superhero story and making memories. Thank you Mr. Andrew!

Our youth designed their costumes this week for their superhero story and they look AMAZING! 🦸‍♂️🦸‍♀️ What do you think?...
05/21/2021

Our youth designed their costumes this week for their superhero story and they look AMAZING! 🦸‍♂️🦸‍♀️ What do you think? 🤩⚡️

We are in our 3rd week of our Theatre for Life! group in Flint and the kids are thriving and love playing Zip, Zap, Zog ...
04/22/2021

We are in our 3rd week of our Theatre for Life! group in Flint and the kids are thriving and love playing Zip, Zap, Zog with Mr. Andrew! Here are some photos of them creating their superheros and villains right after they wrote their narratives and stories.

Spring is here! Enjoy this paper buttferfly activity 🦋https://kinderart.com/art-lessons/crafts/paper-butterflies/
04/16/2021
Paper Butterflies — KinderArt

Spring is here! Enjoy this paper buttferfly activity 🦋

https://kinderart.com/art-lessons/crafts/paper-butterflies/

by Andrea Mulder-Slater Summary: Butterflies are flying insects that begin their lives as caterpillars. They have two sets of large scaly wings, three body parts, six jointed legs and a pair of antennae. Using paper, children (and adults) can create simple folded paper butterflies which can flutter....

Today in our Grief and Loss group, the kids made strength sticks with miss Maragret.They used branches of various sizes,...
04/10/2021

Today in our Grief and Loss group, the kids made strength sticks with miss Maragret.They used branches of various sizes, yarn, string, ribbon, feathers, beads, scissors and tacky glue to make this project.
The goal is to identify and represent personal strengths. They used the different colors of yarn or types of beads, etc. to represent these qualities about themselves. A group discussion took place at the end to share what each individual made.

Our youth in Detroit have begun our Grief and Loss group with Margaret Sands-Goldstein, ATR.Youth worked on collage this...
03/24/2021

Our youth in Detroit have begun our Grief and Loss group with Margaret Sands-Goldstein, ATR.

Youth worked on collage this Saturday to help express themselves and tell their personal stories with the group. They reflected on their past, current life and future to summarize their thoughts and emotions. Textures and images were used to symbolize events and feelings. Articles about grief and loss were also provided along with cutt out words to add to their collage.The topic was: How it was, How it is and How it should be.

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129 E. Third St.
Flint, MI
48502

Telephone

(810) 233-4031

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Fostering Creativity

This therapeutic arts program addresses emotional issues/concerns experienced by children as a result of complex trauma, including circumstances which led to their removal from their birth parents or primary caregivers.

Fostering Creativity started at Ennis Center’s Flint location in 2014 and expanded to Ennis Center’s locations in Pontiac (2017) and Detroit (2019). The program is designed to support youth ages 5-21 in out-of-home placement/foster care (Flint and Pontiac) and youth who are involved, or are at risk of being involved, in the juvenile justice system (Detroit) through therapeutic arts programming and art therapy.

This grant-funded program would not be possible without the generous support of the following foundations: Ruth Mott Foundation, Hagerman Foundation, Flinn Foundation, Flint ReCAST, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Child Welfare Society of Flint, and Ticket to Dream.

Ennis Center for Children has offered an array of services to meet the needs of foster children and their families since its beginning. To date, Ennis Center provides foster care, adoption, and related support services to more than 6,000 children and families annually.

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Beautiful job ladies ,I love the work you do for our kids!