Making Art about What Matters to Us


Everyone has a story. Many stories. Often our stories emerge from pain or struggle. Storytelling helps us make sense of a swirl of emotions, a cloud of thoughts. Breaking silence about a story we struggle with brings relief. Sometimes we tell stories that directly about our lived experience, other times we extrapolate or make things up all together.

Last week, we hosted Sara Trail, the Director of the Social Justice Sewing Academy. Sara helped us conceptualize how to make art about social issues that matter to us, using fabric collage and text. Listen below to Charlize’s story about what matters to her!


It is important to provide many spaces and opportunities for young people to share their concerns about the world and utilize their coping skills and strategies for taking action. When adults listen to young people, and share their stories, we are saying: YOU MATTER. The way you experience the world matters. What you need matters.


Ash and Feather: A Bird/Girl and Her Father’s Cancer

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When Listening to the Podcast as a Family… you can:

  • Draw characters, setting, storyboard scenes as you listen

  • Write words you like in a mind map. (see my example below, that I created while listening to the panel discussion.)

  • Think and talk about how you like to listen to the podcast (while exercising, folding laundry, making art, talking with someone about what you hear.)

  • Download our Family Activity Guide, learn more about cancer, do the activities included, such as designing your own animal/human hybrid, and coloring for meditation.