Newsmakers Making A Difference: Sarah Illiatovitch-Goldman, Hearts To Art

Andy Dahn
September 14, 2018 - 7:50 am

Hearts To Art

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A peak inside of the Auditorium Theatre on a Thursday morning reveals what looks like your average summer camp, but the young adults at Hearts to Art aren't your average campers.

"We're all here because we experienced either the loss of one or both of our parents. It's just like another home," said Sarah Illiatovitch-Goldman, the annual camp's director. "It's a program that fosters community and brings joy through the arts, as well as through small healing sessions and clinical availability."

Campers range in age from 7- to 14-years old and many go on to become junior counselors.

Journey Barlow-Howard is one of them.

"A lot of them don't realize that they have some type of musical talent," Barlow-Howard said. "They seem to enjoy all of their classes."

Making her camp debut is Sophia Pegares.

"I love dance and I love theatre and I love music," she said. "We do all of that in camp."

But another part of Hearts to Art has changed her life.

"I've gotten a lot more open with my feelings. I used to kind of like, try not to cry, but now I'm like 'you can cry, it's not a bad thing.'"

That put a smile on Illiatovitch-Goldman's face, who called the camp "special."

"When you see the difference that's made in a kid's life, even in a short amount of time, you realize that it's 100 percent worth it," she said.

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