Notes from the Field:  One of the first days of the class I gave each participant a canvass bag and materials of sequins, fabric and markers with which they could make their bag uniquely theirs.  The activity had both a psychosocial and a functional purpose: the bags will be the safe space created by each participant in which they can put their art journals – essentially creating something to hold and protect the feelings and expressions in theirart.  I got this idea from the Van Art Project in Turkey – thanks to them now some beautiful bags exist in Mentao, carried around by our participants.  – Christina

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