Build Me Up

Meet Burney, one of my favorite “Build Me Up” Buddies. Burney and I became colleagues when I was volunteering as an Art and Creative Expression Facilitator at Ryther Center for Children and Youth. Ryther provides psychiatric and behavioral health services for children and families, helping them face complex challenges and overcome the effects of adverse childhood experiences.

The teenagers in one of my 12-week art classes collaboratively brought Burney to life. In no time at all, Burney broke the ice, diffused intense anger and emotions, and even brought subdued smiles to the faces of troubled souls. He is an affirmation that art can soothe beyond words.