On May 5th, the Illinois Art Therapy Association partnered with Equestrian Connection's community art group and art therapy program in Lake Forest, IL to integrate "hopeful resilience" within Equestrian Connection's community. The "Tree of Hope" tied into Children Mental Health Awareness Day's theme "Heroes of Hope". A 7 week project, community art group gave new life to a dead tree on the property naming it "Tree of Hope." The group debarked the tree, showing its inner beauty and then added bird houses and symbols of hope. The group also planted corn flowers around the tree as an organic fence. The community members of Equestrian Connection are "Heroes of Hope." Thank you IATA for helping paint bird houses and symbols of hope!