At last month’s Chaverim Shel Shalom Nosh & Learn, a social program for Jewish adults with psychiatric challenges, our gathering was transformed into a creative art festival. Our participants became budding artists and got their creative juices flowing to paint their own version of a painting of a vase and flowers. As adults, it was a little daunting – kids seem to be less inhibited or intimated by an empty canvas and a table full of paints. But when participants realized there were no blue ribbons, no trophies, and no Arts and Culture reporter from the Boston Globe, everyone was able to relax and welcome the challenge.

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