CREATIVE ARTS THERAPY
Since 2006, the Creative Arts Therapy program has served hundreds of children diagnosed with autism or other developmental challenges that have trouble in learning and verbal expression. This program provides vital music, drama and art therapy which allows them to become innovators of their expression, using both verbal and nonverbal contexts to be present, focused, and expressive.
Women and men in Plant-Grow-Give (PGG) program oversee small urban gardens where they work with staff and neighbors to plant vegetables, care for the earth, and harvest produce. The food that is harvested is donated to soup kitchens and food pantries that work to reduce hunger and promote healthier lifestyles. Since 2012, PGG has been donating more than 2,100 pounds of healthy, fresh produce every year. We've now expanded our gardens in Red Hook and at Baldwin, New York.
Music has always been a part of Mercy Home dating back to the late 1890s when children were taught to read music. As the years passed, a band was formed and grew to the pop-inspired Melodic Soul, a performance band whose members sing, create original music, and perform for local organizations, at special events, and at Mercy Home. Under the direction of Miguel Torres Castro, the band incorporates its unique message with the spirit of Mercy.
The Gifted Artists program provides a creative outlet for individuals who share their ideas and thoughts through art. Individuals work with a licensed art therapist throughout the year creating special works of art. Each June, Mercy Home hosts a Gallery In The Garden festival displaying the works of our gifted artists in collaboration with students from the Pratt Institute and St. Joseph's College and local Brooklyn artists.