Transitional Space: An Exploration of Adolescent Identity and Homelessness
Navah Steiner and
Adolescence is a time of identity formation and profound physical and emotional changes. It can be a period of healthy transformation and growth, but without family and community support it can also be a time of anxiety and despair. As drama therapists at Safe Space we witness youth struggle with growing up on the streets. Their sense of self is impacted by the harsh realities of abuse, violence, HIV and unstable relationships. Often the results are isolation and shame. We find that creative and artistic expression is at times the only way in which they can find meaning within the chaos of their lives.
We would like to dedicate this exhibition to the homeless youth of New York, in their struggle to survive on the streets.
Rene A. Ortiz and Navah Steiner met during their graduate studies at the NYU Drama Therapy program. They currently co-direct the Creative Arts Therapy Program at Safe Space, Homeless Youth Services. Navah and Rene work at the Drop-In center and Safe Home, a residential program for HIV-positive adolescents. They facilitate individual and group sessions that incorporate drama, movement, art, music and recreational therapy. For more information on Safe Space, go to: http://www.safespacenyc.org.
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