To be honest, I don't remember the specifics of what I learned about Mozart, Baryshnikov and Rembrandt. What I remember, though, is how it gave me the coping mechanisms to get through the worst parts of my childhood: poverty, severe bullying, an absent father, an abusive boyfriend with an addiction problem. Now that I'm a mother myself, I continue to pull from the lessons I learned through the arts, which gave me the strength to escape, to strive and to create a better life for myself and my daughter.
Mom, leader, DAREarts graduate
Crisy Buck is living proof that the arts aren't just for entertainment — they save lives. Dance, drama, music and fine art were instrumental in giving Buck the creative problem solving skills and tenacity to escape the pitfalls of a tumultuous childhood. As an adult, they have inspired her to become the person she is today: a strong mother giving her daughter the opportunities she never had.
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