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Expressions of a BraveHeart

Auburn University Social Work Program

About Us

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Expressions of a BraveHeart (also known as BraveHearts) is a fine arts program offering art, music, and dance classes to enhance the quality of life for preteens, youth, and young adults (11–21 years old) with moderate to severe disabilities. BraveHearts is a safe, respectful, and understanding setting where your family member can develop friendships, explore fine arts, and enhance self-esteem.

BraveHearts meets Monday evenings at the Opelika Sportsplex during spring and fall semesters for art, music, and dance classes. There is NO cost to participating families.

BraveHearts is a collaboration between the Auburn University Social Work Program and Opelika Parks and Recreation Department. The program is managed by 3 Auburn University Social Work faculty members and facilitated by approximately 70‐80 Auburn University students from a variety of majors. Volunteers complete orientation and are provided training throughout the semester.

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Thanks to the Opelika Sportsplex for donating the space for Expressions of a BraveHeart.

Programs & Events

Monday Night Program

Opelika Sportsplex

Art, music, and dance classes are held on 6 Monday nights each semester at the Opelika Sportsplex.
There is NO cost to participating families.

Program Schedule

4:45 — Volunteers arrive
5:30 — Club members arrive
5:30–5:45 — Community time
5:50–6:15 — Class Session 1 (Art, Music, or Dance)
6:15–6:20 — Transition
6:20–6:45 — Class Session 2 (Art, Music, or Dance)
6:45–7:00 — Prepare for departure

Fall 2021 Sessions

September 13
September 27
October 4
October 18
November 1
November 15

Get involved

For Parents

BraveHearts aims to provide parents and families an opportunity for respite with the knowledge that your family member is in a safe, non-judgmental setting. We also provide parents and families with opportunities to share in your teen’s joy and excitement, and provide opportunities to be “in the audience” for performances and art exhibits.
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To Volunteer

BraveHearts helps student volunteers increase their 1) comfort level around people with disabilities, 2) willingness to engage in communication with people with disabilities, 3) understanding of specific disabilities, 4) and desire to be an advocate for improved policies, programs, and services for people with disabilities.

To Support

For more information on how you can support BraveHearts, contact:
The College of Liberal Arts Office of Development
317 Biggin Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone: 334-844-1483
Email: libart1@auburn.edu

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Angie Colvin Burque

Angie Colvin Burque
Associate Clinical Professor, Social Work
BraveHearts Director

Danilea Werner

Dr. Danilea Werner
Associate Professor, Social Work
BraveHearts Co-director

Julie Wells

Julie Wells
Assistant Clinical Professor, Social Work