4 PM – 5:30 PM*
*A4Us traditionally starts at 3:30pm during the school year. While the Holter is running summer camps, A4Us will be starting at 4pm.
Member Price: free
Location: At the Holter Museum of Art
Art for Survival began in Spring 2017 when the Holter Museum of Art’s education staff became aware of the needs of Helena teens through the Afterschool Teen Arts Council. Holter staff developed this visual arts and writing workshop that allows teens to work with artists exploring ways to use visual arts and writing to help them navigate life.
This course is meant for teens going through high school experiences. If you have a teen or pre-teen in middle school, please see the description for ArtFeeds – Middle School before enrolling in either program.
Please note: Art for Survival is meant for high school age participants. If you have a participant who is on the cusp of high school but not yet there, place them in ArtFeeds- Middle School.
If you register your participant for Art for Survival and our education team feels they would fit best with ArtFeeds- Middle School, we will reach out to you to suggest a switch.
ArtFeeds – Middle School is the same programming as Art for Survival but with a peer group going through similar experiences. Art for Survival is for teens in high school navigating identities and mental health amidst the complications of becoming a young adult: facing the encroaching world after high school, graduation, whether to pursue college or another form of higher education, and the balancing act of taking care of mental health with the pressures of jobs and school work. After years of running Art For Survival, our educators started ArtFeeds – Middle School to give age groups going through different experiences spaces where they can be amongst peers in similar experiences. High schoolers and middle schoolers are generally in different emotional growth spaces. In our experience, Middle School age participants most often need a space of peers where they are able to feel through common middle school age experiences of making friends, trying to figure out an authentic self, working through anxieties, dealing with hormone changes. This is true of participants coming out as queer, gay, or trans as well; they need a space to exist as their authentic self in a community of peers.
Please do not put your middle schooler into a mix of high schoolers at different spaces of experience and emotional development, for both the sake of your middle schooler and in consideration of the high schoolers.