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.

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09/24/2020

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08/31/2020

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08/27/2020
Ennis Center for Children Inc.

Ennis Center for Children Inc.

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08/26/2020

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08/24/2020

Good morning! We hope you have a great day 🌞 Make sure to eat breakfast 🍳

https://www.readbrightly.com/books-celebrate-lesser-know-african-americans-contributions-history/?ref=PRH61905CA6D7&aid=...
08/19/2020
22 Books That Celebrate Lesser-Known African Americans and Their Contributions to History | Brightly

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Historically, many African Americans and their contributions to society have been left out of many American history books. Here are stories to help celebrate just of a few of the countless individuals who, without fanfare, played key roles in American history.

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08/18/2020

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Ennis Center for Children Inc.
08/17/2020

Ennis Center for Children Inc.

Flint Handmade
08/17/2020

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ADMIRE MY WORK WEDNESDAY: We want to see photos of your finished projects and/or works in progress (WIPs)! Drop them in the comments!

Edmonia Lewis “Wildfire” (c. 1844 – c. 1907) was the first professional African American (born free) and Native American...
08/14/2020

Edmonia Lewis “Wildfire” (c. 1844 – c. 1907) was the first professional African American (born free) and Native American (Ojibwa) sculptor in the United States to achieve national and international fame and recognition. Edmonia was adopted when she was young due to both her parent’s death and was then raised by her maternal relatives. Facts about Edmonia are quite elusive as she told white lies about her upbringing. We do know though, that she was born in Albany, New York and spent most of her childhood in Newark, New Jersey. She would weave baskets, sew moccasins and embroidered blouses at a young age and sell them to tourists near Niagara Falls. During her college years, Edmonia overcame prejudice and accusations of poisoning her classmates, a failed attempt on her life and isolation at the Oberlin Academy Preparatory School, Ohio. After leaving Oberlin Academy early, she went on to study in Boston where she crafted her own sculpting tools and completed and sold her first piece of work - Her older brother was a great support and supplied her with anything she could have wished for due to his fortune he made from the California gold rush. John Brown was said to be her hero and many of her works were medallion portraits of abolitionists. Edmonia traveled to Rome and received her own studio space and great fame among other expatriate sculptors. She had more opportunity in Rome due to less racism and so she explored social, spiritual and artistic freedom. Edmonia’s work in Rome explored religious and neoclassical themes as well as themes of Black and indigenous peoples of the Americas. Her work was often perceived as a self-portrait due to her audience being primarily white, so she began to create her marble pieces with European features to evade this perception.

You can find her art in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. Edmonia even had a Google Doodle (see our post from two weeks ago about Pacita Abad) of her and Google also has a virtual exhibition of her work. Visit it at https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/gQJi3NKm3VagLg

Information and images taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmonia_Lewis and Google.com

Portrait of Edmonia Lewis. Hiawatha, 1868. Forever Free, 1867. The Death of Cleopatra, 1876. Dr. Dio Lewis. 1868. Minnehaha, 1868.

08/12/2020
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08/10/2020

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Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Crispín Crispiniano María Remedios de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz Pic...
08/07/2020

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Crispín Crispiniano María Remedios de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz Picasso aka Pablo Picasso, was a Spanish expatriate painter and most famously known for his creation of Cubism (b. October 25, 1881, Málaga, Spain - d. April 8, 1973, Mougins, France). He was a man of many trades and worked as a ceramicist, stage designer, sculptor and print maker. A devoted artist, Picasso spent his whole life working, creating to give us what we know today as modern art.
Pablo took interest in art at a young age by influence from his dad who was a professor of drawing and Pablo's biggest fan. As a young boy he entered his art into many exhibitions to gain fame throughout Spain and live out the dream his family sought for him. Due to a lack of interest in his schooling at the Royal Academy of San Fernando, Pablo took notice of cafes, brothels and the streets of Prado in his discovery of Spanish painting.
In 1898 Pablo Picasso became ill but survived and came out a changed person. He was a different man. One who lived on his own, spoke the language of the Catalonian community, but most importantly, he broke away from his family’s expectations of him and pursued his own path. He moved around with fellow artists, entering exhibitions and found inspiration from fellow painters.
During the time when Pablo worked as an art editor, his good friend died from a self-inflicted gunshot. This event left Pablo depressed in which he entered his Blue Period (1901-1904). After the Blue Period, Pablo once again moved around from Barcelona to Paris and back, painting what he saw from life on the road. He eventually settled in Paris and became inspired by Fernande Olivier. He then entered his Rose Period, in which his paintings have a color scheme of pottery, flesh and earth tones. Picasso is also known for his work with Collage, World War I diaspora, New Mediterraneanism, Surrealism, sculpture, ceramics, his inclusion of history of art in his themes and his private love affairs.
Information taken from: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Pablo-Picasso click on the link for more details on Picasso's life. Photos taken from Google images and Britannica.
Pablo Picasso, 1950. Pablo's Pottery design, 1948. Still Life with Chair Caning, assemblage with oilcloth chair caning and rope by Pablo Picasso, 1911–12; in the Picasso Museum, Paris. Painting from Blue Period. Painting from Rose Period. Weeping Woman, 1937.

08/06/2020
Ennis Center for Children will be providing FREE ice cream treats to individuals and families on August 11, 2020 between...
08/05/2020
FREE ICE CREAM

Ennis Center for Children will be providing FREE ice cream treats to individuals and families on August 11, 2020 between 6-8 pm. In addition to ice cream, we will be providing individuals and families with information on how to become a licensed foster/adoptive parent. Drive up, and we will safely provide you with a FREE ice cream treat!
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Drive Through Ice Cream Event! Drive up and receive FREE ice cream!

Flint response rate has slightly increased since last week! Progress!#BeCounted2020
08/03/2020

Flint response rate has slightly increased since last week! Progress!

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Some of you may have noticed today's Google Doodle with the vibrant colors and stunning features. This art work was insp...
07/31/2020

Some of you may have noticed today's Google Doodle with the vibrant colors and stunning features. This art work was inspired by the dazzling Ms. Pacita Abad (October 5, 1946 – December 7, 2004), Ivatan and Filipina visual artist. If you do not already know, you can click on the colorful image where the Google logo is hidden within and the Google server will then take you to many sources where you can research this artist. For instance, click on the doodle then click on, Pacita Abad - Wikipedia or look below at, Top Stories.

"Her work features vibrant colors, mixed media and global themes. Google said that Abad was dedicated to improving the world through art. This dedication can be seen in her 1979 series Portraits of Cambodia, which she used to increase awareness of societal problems there." According to Alexandra Garrett from https://www.cnet.com/news/google-doodle-celebrates-pacita-abad-philippine-artist-and-activist-known-for-bold-colors/

"I always see the world through color, although my vision, perspective and paintings are constantly influenced by new ideas and changing environments. I feel like I am an ambassador of colors, always projecting a positive mood that helps make the world smile."- Pacita Abad

European Mask, 1990. Portrait of Pacita Abad. Dancing in the Dark, 2002. Artwork from her Underwater series. Wheels of Fortune, 2000. Artwork from her Woman of Color series. The Alkaff Bridge that Pacita painted, Singapore. Portrait of Hanuman, 1997.

07/31/2020
Ennis Center for Children Inc.

Ennis Center for Children Inc.

Joleen Beagle, COO, talks about her career, what she loves most about Child Welfare, and what makes her laugh the most 💙

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07/29/2020

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"Every time you want to say “Be Careful!” see it as an opportunity to help your child foster greater awareness of their environment and their bodies."
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07/28/2020
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07/27/2020

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Census Takers Are Following Up with Nonresponding HouseholdsStarting July 16, census takers will begin interviewing hous...
07/27/2020

Census Takers Are Following Up with Nonresponding Households

Starting July 16, census takers will begin interviewing households that have yet to respond to the 2020 Census in regions managed by the area census offices.

In subsequent weeks, the Census Bureau will announce additional census offices as it prepares to begin enumeration activities nationwide. The majority of census offices across the country will begin follow-up work on August 11. All offices will conclude work no later than October 31.

Census takers will follow local public health guidelines when they visit.

Flint ReCast is currently funding our Flint location programming. Thank you to Flint ReCast.
07/25/2020
Trauma, community resilience are focus of Flint grants to local nonprofits

Flint ReCast is currently funding our Flint location programming. Thank you to Flint ReCast.

The city of Flint awarded grants to 11 community partners to help further the mission of Flint ReCAST (Resiliency in Communities after Stress and Trauma), a program designed to promote resilience in the community by supporting families and mitigating the impact of trauma.

Fine Arts FridayDomonique Brown is a contemporary Pop artist from Pomona, California. Brown creates energetic portraits ...
07/24/2020

Fine Arts Friday

Domonique Brown is a contemporary Pop artist from Pomona, California. Brown creates energetic portraits that defy traditional pictorial representation. She works from the ground up, layering marker and acrylic strokes until she carves out a colorful portrait.

She graduated with an A.A. in Graphic Design from Mount San Antonio, B.S. in Public Relations from Cal Poly Pomona, and M.B.A. in Marketing from CSU Dominguez Hills. Her work is a fusion of Pop art and Expressionism, constructing patchwork portraits from Tupac and Basquiat to Woody and
the Simpsons.

About her work Brown states: “I engage with the signs and visual rhetoric of the average Joe to the person everyone should know. In my representation of people found throughout the world, I reveal the undertones of human flesh and the stories that emit from within. Beyond simply just drawing portraits, I want my artwork to speak and fight for equality in the art world.

https://www.artspacewarehouse.com/en/artist-domonique-brown

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Artwork from left to right: John Lewis, Ali, John Lennon, Michelle Obama, Warhol vs Basquiat, and Aretha

07/23/2020
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07/22/2020

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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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