Accomplished arts educator and non-profit leader joins Bay Area organization.
Sarah Yazdani, Program Manager of DrawBridge, has been guiding the art groups for over a year now, and what a year it has been! Sarah is both a social worker and an artist, so she intrinsically understands the value of expressive art groups. I always had art around me growing up, and still love to […]
On your markers, get crayons, and go! Pens, paper and imaginations dominated the DrawBridge/Twitter for Good virtual art group, with drawings made by Twitter employees and their children. DrawBridge Facilitator Marianne Owens and Volunteer Jill Hoefgen led 50 participants through a variety of inventive warm-up exercises, including coloring hand silhouettes, abstract line doodles, one-minute speed […]
Our frontline facilitators and volunteers see first-hand the devastating impact of inequality in the social, education, health care and justice systems on which our country is built. These broken systems have a profound effect on every child we serve.
In spite of restrictions required by shelter-in-place, DrawBridge is working to make sure the children we serve are still supported and have access to art experiences. About 275 personalized care packages with art materials and project ideas have been packed and delivered to many of our sites, with 190 more in the works. […]
With a strong commitment to making a positive impact in its SoMa neighborhood, San Francisco Marriott Marquis has partnered with DrawBridge to raise awareness and funds in support of the city’s growing number of homeless children.
Growing up, Blake Jordan was a budding artist who struggled alone to express himself creatively. As an adult, he was instantly attracted to DrawBridge. “Art provides a medium for safely expressing emotion and creates opportunities for connecting with others, which can be challenging for kids.” Creative exploration can help build confidence, and DrawBridge provides the setting for that exploration to nearly 1000 homeless and underserved kids each […]
When our Facilitators and Volunteers were asked what they liked most about DrawBridge, several themes emerged. The most frequent of these was the positive impact the art groups have on the children who participate, and how they supported and uplifted them: “The opportunity that DrawBridge offers children goes well beyond art. It builds relationships, trust, […]
Running a weekly DrawBridge art group can be both challenging and rewarding. Facilitators and Volunteers bring their creativity, patience, compassion, humor and generosity to each session, supporting and uplifting each child’s artistic exploration. For those who run more than one group, the challenges and rewards are multiplied. Susan Peterson facilitates three groups each week, and […]