“If you take art from me, you take life from me.”
This was the most powerful thing I heard today while standing in a home on top of a hill of Pacifico de villa. Home visitations bring out different kind of emotions in everyone. For me, it was empowering. I met a woman who was very proud of her husband’s work. After mentioning that he doesn’t have much of a job, she continued to show us his art work. A man who loves to paint but chooses not to sell them because they hold value…more value than having a stable floor in his home. This was empowering. Why? because till today I assumed it was only the wealthy who were able to fulfill hobbies and interests. Art was the one thing that made him happy. He created love on canvas, and we all saw it. We all felt it.
Art was seen today in many different ways. The group experienced a variety of things, like home visitations, teaching English with the Youth In Action program and showing the local women how to sew.
I saw the art in the enthusiasm that Roxanne (participant) shared while introducing fabric to the women. I saw the dedication that Tina put in while teaching them how the sewing machine worked. By introducing such a small component of their lives, they are introducing a new form of art to these women, and a new form of sustainability.
Sustainability is what SIA thrives for. Is it not art to give someone the opportunity to get creative? Nabila (Trip leader) answers that by these simple words today, “You can do much more than you think you can do.” Reminding us that the only limits we set for ourselves are the ones we create in our minds.
I am surrounded by people who want to see growth. Gina brought her “A game” when she decided to teach the kids about body parts today in Youth in Action. Teaching someone a new way of expressing a thought, is an art. I overheard someone asking “How do we stop a child from hitting another child?” Gina’s response without hesitation was “Where there is hate, we show them love, if they are hitting then we show them what to do with their hands.”
And that she did…the group spent hilarious moments along side Daniel, who is the leader of Youth in Action, learning about body parts and playing a form of “Simon says.” Mandy (a participant) and Guillermo (translator) joined the kids to make them feel more comfortable.
The passion in a canvas, the patience to teach English and the enthusiasm to share a hobby, all share one thing. They are all forms of art.
Life, is art.