Comments About Studio E
Comments about Studio E:
"One of the most touching things I heard was, 'I didn't think I was an artist until this program, and I didn't know I could express my feelings this way." Lacy Vitko, Program Manager, National Art Therapist Coordinator and Art Therapist, Epilepsy Foundation of America.
A participant in Albany, NY, cited her experience in Studio E as prompting her to seek employment after an extended leave from work.
Studio E volunteer: “What was most evident was that all of these individuals had so much to offer. They all felt somewhat trapped by their epilepsy and all viewed the Studio E program as a way to release some of the stress, anger and difficulties in their lives.”
"A person with epilepsy who I’d known for years always answered ‘fine’ when I asked how she was doing – she never shared anything. During Studio E, she opened up in a way that I didn’t think was possible.” Epilepsy Foundation affiliate president
Los Angeles art therapist: “The artists generated more ideas and confidence, confronted difficult feelings, created new relationships, and new interests to move forward.”
Los Angeles participant: “The program was a great way to express emotions I never knew I had. My confidence did increase when I realized I accomplished something new and different. It felt intimidating at first, but the counselor and the group gave me the courage and support I needed to complete the work. It was a well-rounded experience.”
Chicago participant: “I was very happy to be a part of this program! The reasons why include; letting my mind flow in interesting ways, expressing myself and not being self-conscious about it, and having a group of support around me that understands exactly what I am going through!”
Participant: “I am so thrilled that I participated in this program. I am on the shy side and have gone through some setbacks this year […] this class helped me break out of my shell and explore my inner thoughts about everything. I felt like I grew spiritually every week and made some wonderful friends of all ages. It’s great to network and I learned a lot from everyone.”
Michigan participants: “This experience was amazing. I believe I learned a lot about myself and from others as well. To hear and come into contact with others that have epilepsy made me feel like I’m not alone. Thank you for this experience, and I will be able to keep this with me forever.”
Participant: “I learned there are people like me. I’m not alone! I was able to come out of my shell and speak without feat about my epilepsy. I am no longer ashamed.”
New Jersey participant: “I thought that this program was a great way to connect with others that have similar struggles using and working with our hands while talking seemed to make people open up. There was no pressure and that made for a fun and easy going environment.”