RHINEBECK, N.Y. -- If you are a child living in a residential home because you have nowhere else to go or there are problems at home, painting may seem like a trivial thing.
But a strange thing happened at the Astor Services for Children and Families when they gathered a group of children ages five to 13 and told them to paint their feelings.
"The instructor told them not to paint a bird, to paint how it would feel to fly, or to paint how they feel inside," said Samantha Lowe, program manager.
The results are currently on display at the Starr Library in Rhinebeck for the community to enjoy.
"The exercise builds the children's confidence and allows them to let their emotions go," she added.
And, the children are so proud that someone else would want to see their works of art.
The paintings are on display now through Feb. 28 during regular library hours. The library is at 68 West Market Street.
In addition to providing residential homes for children in need since 1953, Astor Services for Children and Families is a community based, non-profit organization that provides children's mental health services, child welfare services, and early childhood development programs.
Astor serves children and families in New York State's Mid-Hudson Valley region and the Bronx. Astor currently serves thousands of children each year through its prevention, early childhood, special education, community behavioral health and residential treatment programs.
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