This article showcases an arts-based project incorporating designs from youth participants in Project GROWL (Growing Real Opportunities in Work and Life). Project GROWL incorporates agricultural and environmental education with personal and professional development skills. Youth participants actively engage in an urban garden. These paintings were completed by youth and sprayed with a clear overcoat to protect them from the weather. All paintings and bee boxes were placed strategically around the urban garden to promote visual stamina for human and pollinating visitors. By creating these art pieces for the garden, youth found a deeper sense of belonging with this outdoor space. This activity also promoted by-in with youth to keep the garden safe and welcoming for all things living.
Tompkins, C. D., Mull, C. D., Howell, N., & Bledsoe, L. (2020). Encompassing a Sense of Belonging with Youth: Art-based exploration in Urban Gardening. National Youth-At-Risk Journal, 4(1). https://doi.org/10.20429/nyarj.2020.040106