More than 150 pieces of art express beauty, make cultural connections and raise awareness about the effects of trauma

Middle and high school students across Clackamas County are using more than 150 pieces of art to express beauty, make cultural connections and raise awareness about the effects of trauma.COURTESY PHOTO: CESD - 'Abdulah' by Molalla High School junior Morgan Bem??is being sent to Nigeria as part of the nonprofit Memory Project, which aims to make cross-cultural connections through art.

“Abdulah,” a portrait by Molalla High School junior Morgan Bem , is being sent to Nigeria as part of the nonprofit Memory Project, which aims to make cross-cultural connections through art.

Clackamas High School senior Helen Lendzioszek’s piece in acrylic paint and colored pencil challenges the idea that childhood trauma goes away as you grow older.

Childhood trauma, Lendzioszek said, “grows and morphs into different things as you grow.”

Dozens of regional student artists will also be using their talents to compete for scholarships. These students representing school districts throughout the county are putting their pieces on display March 28 in

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“I still learn something new about photography just about every day,” Dick Dougall, 90, recently told the Tennessean.

And for more than 20 years, Dougall has shared that knowledge with members of the community photography group he founded.

He started Brentwood Photography Group in 1998 and added Lunch Bunch shortly after in 1999.   

According to a news release about both photography groups, “BPG has grown to become a leading resource for photographers in the Nashville-Brentwood-Franklin community. Today it includes nearly 200 members at all skill levels — beginning, amateur and professional photographers, with skills ranging from novice to expert.”

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The Lunch Bunch group supports the growth of their photographic skills through education and exhibitions of photographic accomplishments. 

Through December,

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Connie Whitlock noticed there weren’t any community art classes offered in her Northwest Phoenix area.

Whitlock wanted to create an organization that involved residents and, being an artist herself, she knew how therapeutic art can be for people of all ages.

So, in 2006, Whitlock founded WHAM, What’s Happen’n Art Movement. WHAM offers classes for anyone from 5 to 105 years old. Participants include children, at-risk teens, special needs groups and veterans. Recent classes have also included survivors of sex trafficking.

Participants can explore drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry and photography. Whitlock has observed children become more focused while creating art. She has seen people with dementia smile, recognize and communicate with others.

“Art is an idea that someone is attempting to express to the world and to the world around them,” Whitlock said. “Art is so important to being a human.”

Last year, WHAM received a $7,500 grant from the

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We welcome artists from across the country and across the globe by way of our residency packages and public artwork projects. The Highlandtown Arts & Entertainment District (aka ha!) is the largest such designation within the state. It encompasses Highlandtown, Baltimore Highlands, Patterson Park, and parts of Canton and Greektown. The Highlandtown Arts & Entertainment District is vibrant, creative, international, and eclectic. We are residence to the Creative Alliance, Great Halloween Lantern Parade, Parade of Latin Nations, numerous galleries, and more.

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Static twisting rotation of the backbone is usually required to play the string bass, harp and classical guitar. Heavy electrical guitars are often supported by a strap over the left neck and shoulder, contributing to stress on the nerves of the shoulder and higher arm and thus to ache. These issues of posture and assist contribute to the event of pressure and stress of the nerves and muscles of … Read More