A University of Arkansas- Fort Smith student is awarded a grant from Artists 360 to help continue her work with underserved populations in the area.
After 4 years of studying in the UAFS English program, Lynette Thrower received the prestigious grant that will give her the opportunity to continue writing and telling stories of those left unheard.
She plans to use the funds to teach writing workshops to women in drug rehabilitation programs and host a podcast called River Valley Speaks, featuring diverse voices in the River Valley. She also plans to create a curriculum to teach writing to women in rehabilitation facilities and shelters, and hopes this will gives them a creative outlet.
Thrower says, “when we repress our emotions, we look to other means of expression, and sometimes they’re self-destructive means…If I can help them tap into healthy ways of expression, maybe they won’t resort to drugs or alcohol as a means of expression. Maybe they’ll turn to writing instead.”
According to the news release Thrower was one of 20 residents in Benton, Carroll, Sebastian and Washington counties to receive the grant.
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