Fine Arts, Find Life: Teacher Makella Harris Heals Through Music

The isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown gave many time to reflect. For Makella Moore Harris, it gave her time to “connect with her creative energy on a different level,” she said.

That energy that gave birth to Fine Arts and Find Life (FAFL), a Birmingham-based nonprofit organization that aims to enhance the mental wellness of children in underserved communities through expressive arts and education. The group kicked off its Self-Care Sundays series on July 11; which is held on the second Sunday of every month.

“In my career, I frequently encounter children and adults dealing with childhood trauma,” said Harris, who has been a Birmingham City Schools (BCS) music educator for more than 16 years and Lawson State Community College adjunct humanities and music appreciation instructor for more than 13 years.

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