June 25, 2015
A Beacon of Creativity That Improves Mental Health
At Hopewell, we incorporate art projects and group activities into the everyday life for our residents. It is important to the healing process to have an outlet for our residents to express themselves, learn and thrive as a community. Our newest art projects are lighthouses and fairy gardens.
Fairy gardens were first made in the United States around 1890. These fantastic homes for fairies started as bonsai dish gardens. It is thought they gained popularity after bonsai gardens were displayed at the Chicago World’s Fair and were featured in an article by the New York Times. Since the introduction of these small gardens, there have been countless imitations. The gardens change and grow with every Hopewell architect who builds a new home for the fairies.
Our fairy gardens are a collection of flowers grown by our residents, original pieces of art and repurposed items. All our fairy gardens are made in planters or containers originally used for a different purpose. We want to ensure useful items are repurposed and given new life. Thanks to the popularity of Pinterest, blogs and other online resources, repurposing and upcycling old items have become easy to do. We are very excited to recycle and repurpose items that still have a lot of life to share.
All the art projects we do at Hopewell are inclusive and are developed in groups to enhance creativity. Our residents come to the farm with a variety of different skills and experiences. We want to make sure they have the opportunity to express themselves and use their abilities to make the world a more beautiful place. We also encourage our residents to communicate and work together as groups to brainstorm and increase the sense of community. When our residents come together as groups, they share their talents and ideas, collaborate to solve problems, connect and accept each other. All of these skills are important for individual growth and improved mental health.
Lighthouses have been used for thousands of years around the world to serve as beacons for sailors, leading them safely into harbor. One of the oldest American lighthouses, the New London Harbor Lighthouse in Connecticut, has provided safe passage for over 200 years. We experience how our residents can be a beacon for each other to learn, grow and progress during their time with us. Peer support groups and inclusion help our residents heal every day.
Our art projects are not only beautiful and healing, they help support future programs for our residents. Lighthouses and fairy gardens are now for sale in our Farm & Craft Market. The funds the market raises help us keep art as a part of our healing culture. The lighthouses come in different sizes and are either battery- or solar-powered for indoor or outdoor use. The prices vary based on size. The fairy garden prices vary based on the items incorporated into the design. The Hopewell Farm & Craft Market is open Wednesday through Friday from 12:00PM to 4:00PM and is open Saturdays from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. It is located just two miles south of the circle in Mesopotamia at 9459 State Route 534. Stop by to support healing, art and creativity.Back to Blog