We all know how the arts help each of us deal with our problems. Anything from mild depression, to boredom, to inspiration seeking, etc. But compared to those featured in this story our issues seem very much “first world problems” and yet – the arts STILL offer relief.
Never underestimate the power of music, art, dance, literature – whatever creative outlet reaches someone – to change their life and give them that one thing they need to carry on, if only for one more day.
Isabela Maia, 10, says she gets nervous when her mother makes her and her 2-year-old sister come inside during a shooting. Her outlet is learning to play the violin.
“Music calms me down,” said Maia, who practices each afternoon after doing her homework.
Read this moving story here: AP PHOTOS: Music, art help deal with violence in Rio slum – Washington Times