The role of creativity in well-being is not new but for SFSNAD, it is a new focus. We will be exploring our opportunity to be helpers to those who need the calming, centering and meditation stitching can provide.
With your help, we will pilot a new program designed for middle and high schoolers who are experiencing stress, anxiety, and isolation called Expressive Arts: Stitching for Wellness. For many middle and high school students, their ‘normal’ has unfortunately evolved to include safety concerns from a rise in gun violence, personal health issues due to the pandemic, and climate change concerns. These stressors, coupled with already present academic pressures and the developmental growing pains that tweens and teens already expect to encounter, are causing harm to our young people. It has long been recognized that the creative arts can be a resource for healing and positivity. While this program will launch in San Francisco, in the future we will be exploring our opportunity to be helpers to all those who need the calming, centering, and meditation that stitching can provide - regardless of age, demographic or location.
All artwork has a story, some of it narrative, some of it practical. The SFSNAD story is the same. The lyrical, narrative part is what you encounter when you visit and take a class, see an exhibit or listen to a webinar. It is the story you learn from our books and our collection pieces. The practical part is behind the scenes where we balance bank accounts, run excel spreadsheets and pay bills. It is also the part where we raise money to help pay for all those beautiful and lyrical things we all love about SFSNAD.
Your donation of any size will help support Stitching for Wellness which will introduce young people to stitching as an alternative tool for relaxation, self-expression and personal story telling.
If you'd prefer to donate by check, our mailing address is:
850 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111