The Art Room is a charity that focuses on providing art therapy to children ages 5 to 16 to help raise self-esteem, self-confidence, and independence. They center their attention on children who have difficulties with mainstream education whether it be due to a learning disorder or an autism disorder and provide them with a creative environment. Students from various primary and secondary schools come to The Art Room’s numerous facilities in Oxford and London and they also runs regular workshops in primary schools. Trained art therapy practitioners work with the students to create a wide range of art projects, from painted plates to decorated lampshades. The projects created by the children are photographed and displayed in The Art Room’s own publication, which is sold to raise money for the charity.
Kate became the Royal Patron of The Art Room on January 5, 2012. She chose The Art Room because of their commitment to helping children and young adults who are having a tough time in school through creative outlets. Because Kate studied History of Art in university, it makes sense that she would choose such a creative organization to patron. Since becoming the Royal Patron, she has visited two Art Rooms in Oxford. She toured the facilities and then joined the children in an art session where she painted alongside the children. Most recently, on April 24, The Art Room hosted their 11th anniversary reception at the National Portrait Gallery, where Kate met with children who participate in the program and gave a short speech about The Art Room.
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