Children's Hurricane Recovery Camp
Children’s Hurricane Recovery Arts Camp October & November 2017
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – On October 23rd, the “Pistarckle Children’s Hurricane Recovery Project” launched split session therapeutic and arts day camp classes for children ages 7 to 12 years old. Located in Tillett Gardens, 4126 Anna’s Retreat, St. Thomas, the theater day camp included a 3 hour morning - or afternoon - session, Monday through Friday, with a healthy snack and several classes in the performing arts. The Camp's mission was to help children express and channel children's traumatic life experience and feelings by therapy through the arts. Classes were offered in music, singing, acting, dancing, writing, poetry, puppetry, sand art and yoga.
Pistarckle partnered with Virgin Islands holistic health consultant Joan Bennett-Williams, R.N. to premiere and weave her therapeutic play concept, the “iggi Project,” during camp. In addition, well-respected social worker and puppeteer Ann Nayer is involved. According to Pistarckle Theater Founder and Artistic Producer Nikki Emerich, “Children participated in a safe, controlled environment, while also facilitating parents who returned to work, or carved out some dedicated time to repair/rebuild their homes.”
Many generous Donors made the program possible.