Parkland, FL – February 14, 2019, marked one year since tragedy struck Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In remembrance of the 17 lives taken, and to provide a day of comfort and healing, a community event was held at Pine Trails Park. Community members came together to volunteer, visit with therapy dogs, and learn about services available in the community.
One of the non-profits in attendance at the event was Shine MSD, a non-profit that was started by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and their families to support the community through the arts. Alicia Ballestas, ATR saw Stars of HOPE® being created at the Coral Springs Art Museum immediately after the tragedy. Last year was the very first time Stars of HOPE were utilized so quickly, brought in by the Florida Art Therapy Association as a tool to begin the healing process. The stars were then delivered by students to hang from the fence around Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Currently, Stars of HOPE hang in the community healing garden at Coral Springs Museum.
Shine MSD held an open studio space during the February 14th project where community members were given the opportunity to create over 100 Stars of HOPE. Some participants chose to keep their star, others left them to be paid forward to another community in need of hope and healing. It was an honor to be included in support of Shine MSD and the Parkland community.
Thank you to Guggenheim for sponsoring these Stars of HOPE and continuing to bring healing through art to communities in need of hope.
Thank you to all our supporters and volunteers. Together we heal.