Cass Tech Harp and Vocal Program
Cass Tech High School's Harp and Vocal Program shows why it's been around for over 90 years.
Episode 913/Segment 3
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- I was in a dark place, and as I was coming here
I could see a little light.
- We know people have problems, they need help,
so this is a place where they could come.
We need places like this.
- This place always shows me how common we all are,
regardless of age, race, background, where you grew up.
It just shows you the connections
we all have as human beings.
- I see the guys that come through here
as people who've just been through a lot in life.
They've been through an incredible about of trauma,
who haven't had the coping skills
to deal with it effectively.
- [Lloyd] This is the kinda atmosphere
that I wanted to be in, because they treated me
like with dignity and respect.
- [Karianne] Mariners Inn helps men who are
dealing with homelessness and substance abuse.
This is a treatment center and shelter,
so they seek therapy.
So a lot of times words can't express what
they're going through, especially with trauma.
So the art gives them a way to express
what they've gone through.
- Art therapy is so important because it's a way
to reconnect with the self.
We believe here at Mariners Inn
that drug use and alcohol use is just
a side effect of the larger problem.
We believe that the larger problem is disconnection.
And so through art therapy, through that form of expression,
so much can come out.
- Well I had a drug problem, I had an addiction,
and I was homeless and I seen myself going down.
But I had a second chance to get myself together.
That's why I came here.
- I've had a problem with addiction to drugs for a while
and it's caused problems in my life.
I know I wanna change, but that change is difficult,
but I came to Mariners because I wanted help.
- Trying something new and exposing them
to the arts and art therapies is a risk,
and it's a way to show them like hey,
certain risks are good.
And they have awesome pay out.
- Lloyd is very sweet and he's used this
creative process to really move through
what he needed to get through.
- I love art therapy because I've been masking masks,
I've been making belts,
I've been making me little bracelets.
It's a lot of things you can do down there.
The music she plays and the fragrance that's be going on,
it just soothes you and it puts you in a different place.
- [Karianne] You can see how they use the art media
to express what they're going through.
So I can use different art media to help
push them in different directions
as far as learning more about themselves.
We did a painting all about recovery,
so they write down a word or phrase
that is helpful to them.
And then we did water color over top.
So that media is very fluid.
So, it kinda helps them to let go
of needing to control something.
- It's not just about doing art either.
They come together and talk about
what's going on in their lives too
and how it relates to the art that they're doing.
- So when Ryan first got here he was really
reserved and he really thrives in the art room.
He's really good at using the art media
to express what he's going through emotionally.
I always want them to leave here
and know this is something that they can
do on their own to give them a way
to move through their conflict.
- Remember who you are, don't slip back into senility.
Move forward in the race, pace yourself,
speed and agility.
Carry yourself with honor and some sort of civility.
- [Brittany] Everyone has a story,
especially our clients, that they want to tell.
And so poetry is an excellent way
to get your story out, to establish a voice,
to reconnect with your voice.
- You gotta speak things into existence.
So, when I write, I try to write
the most positive thing that I can.
- [Joel] We meet in the library, we talk about our days.
We just kind of soak up how we're feeling at the moment.
This is like my break from my mind and my little stuff
that I think is so important.
Stuff that gets me down.
I come here and kick it with bros,
we all have different experiences
and it puts mine in perspective.
Like you know, just appreciation of being alive.
The best poetry is honest, so this is a place that
demands that you be honest about your life,
so you can come out of here as a better person.
- I refuse to let go of my addiction all together.
I need some motivation, to my heart will I tether.
- [Joel] Guys are just sharing about regret,
about love, about life, about authenticity,
which I think was the theme today,
which I really felt was just telling your own story
and not judging someone else's.
- Mind trips in different ways, am I coming or going?
I got a whole boost of energy when you tell me you love me.
- They spent the time expressing themselves,
getting proficient, and they learn how to do it,
and they did it and they executed it
and they knocked it out.
I think that's beautiful.
- The drum circle is really cool.
And it teaches you kind of like focus and concentration.
- It's all about harmony, balance, connection,
connecting with a rhythm.
Our clients are so diverse,
they come from all walks of life.
And so that drum circle is a way to bring
everybody together and connect with a pulse.
- The drum is also a healing piece.
Here we wanted to really reach into the gentleman's soul
and give them some positive energy to do this.
But it's important for them to understand
that they are important no matter what
they have been through.
So we try to push from the drumming aspect
as positive energy in their lives.
- You kinda gotta step back and realize
it's a kind of a team thing and it sounds good
when everybody's playing together and on the same page.
- [Brittany] What I see in in terms of their growth,
is that they really tend to be much more
confident in themselves.
A lot of times they've just been focused
on the negative part of themselves
and all the mistakes that they made.
And then they realize through connecting with
the arts that they have this amazing creative side
where they're able to create this beauty.
And so, it's like there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
- If you don't see humanity in someone else,
you look at someone else, oh they're begging.
And we turn our noses up and we keep walking.
But this is a person, this is a human being
with a really valid real experience in life.
And this place reinforced the fact that
these are human beings, these are men just like me.
And it's really important that we all learn
and learn from each other and learn to love
each other in a proper way.
- I'm thinking clearer.
I know I have a lot of responsibilities.
It's not an end to this.
It's something that I have to continue.
- The staff and the other residents here
have empowered me to think about what I want in my life
and the things that I'm good at and talented at.
- They have so much hope and I love that.
They've taught me a lot about just staying strong
and that it's possible to completely change your life.
- Well, I hope by them seeing me,
I can influence and let 'em know that
you can stand up and be somebody.
- Recovery is real and it begins at Mariners Inn.