Posted By: Michelle Varner-Smith (June 15, 2018)
The Lost Voices program at Vista Maria offers five-day expressive therapy workshops for girls ages 11-18 receiving residential treatment and care. The youth come from impoverished backgrounds and have limited exposure to fine arts and musical education. Most of them are there to escape abuse, neglect and exploitation. Bringing the Lost Voices program to campus expands their ability to work through their prior trauma and express themselves through music. Through Lost Voices, the girls are introduced to the genre of roots music, write their original compositions and make their voices heard by performing in concert in front of their peers. The experience is designed to provide a therapeutic outlet for many of our girl’s difficult thoughts and feelings as well as advance a new and engaging medium for personal growth and healing and vastly expands their ability to work through their prior trauma and express themselves through music.