The lives of students from Sandy Hook Elementary School and their families were drastically changed on December 14, following a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that left 27 dead. After reading coverage of the tragedy, MassArt alum Elyse Bogacz realized there have been many stories about the killer, but not enough of the children, which is why she is now trying to reach out and help.
“As an artist, I believe strongly in creative healing,” Bogacz said in a message to BostInno. “Whenever I find myself not knowing how to tell someone how I feel, I try to show them. Art has been a huge coping mechanism in my life, and I really think right about now these kids can use it.”
Bogacz created an Indiegogo campaign in hopes of setting up an art healing relief fund for Sandy Hook Elementary School. The goal is to raise $2,700 to help Sandy Hook Elementary develop an after-school art program that could provide the students with an outlet to express their emotions and begin the recovery process.
As Bogacz writes on the Indiegogo page:
These kids are going to be scared to go back to school, and a child should NEVER be afraid of the place where they are supposed to be the safest. It’s up to us as a community to reach out. It could have been OUR children, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, nephews, or nieces. When it comes down to it, money isn’t going to help these kids. It’s HEALING that will. So let’s drum a little something up to help the school begin that process.
To Bogacz, not only can art provide the children with the ability to express themselves, but it will also allow the students to take their mind off the tragedy for just a few moments.
For those unable to donate money, Bogacz encourages they send letters, drawings or photos to the school to “help them feel our support as a community.”
To donate to the cause, visit the Indiegogo campaign. Every dollar counts.