Expressive Arts Framework

At the core of DrawBridge’s effectiveness are the expressive art programs we provide for children. Research has shown that the arts help youth to express themselves, build confidence, and engage with family and community. Through drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and other modalities, trained DrawBridge facilitators encourage young artists to explore creativity that is essential for healthy development.

Underlying Principles

The core premise of DrawBridge art groups is to provide a safe and supportive environment for each child to express themselves and explore the creative process. Our approach allows children to establish their own direction, pace of creation, and depth of self-exploration.

DrawBridge offers children the opportunity to explore their imagination and creativity in a non-judgmental environment, adapting to each child’s needs and supporting the child’s unique creative experience.

If you are interested in working with a DrawBridge art group, visit our volunteer page to learn more or email us at


DrawBridge arts programming is presented at partner sites across San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Sonoma, and Santa Cruz counties. If you are interested in bringing DrawBridge programs to your community, please contact us at