MSW alumna uses creative outlet to inspire community through mobile art studio
After receiving her MSW from Wayne State in 2013, Alex Fugedi utilized the skills and training learned at Wayne State as an oncology social worker and later as a hospice social worker supporting patients and families at the end-of-life. As her family began to grow, Alex switched gears and took on the task of being a stay-at-home mom to her three children, until recently when she and her husband launched a new venture, Little Humans Art Co.
Recognizing the therapeutic value in art, Alex and Nick, a trained art teacher, opened Little Humans Art Co. as a traveling art studio designed to foster creativity in big and little humans alike. Classes are process-focused, concentrating on the creative process more than the result. In doing so, Little Humans Art Co. gives toddlers and young elementary age children the space and freedom to explore, question and create at their own pace and in their own ways.
Next on the horizon, Alex hopes to expand their art services to fellow social workers and professionals as a creative outlet to process their feelings and as a prevention of burnout/compassion fatigue. "As a student at Wayne State we discussed the importance of self-care and I went on to see a very deep need for this while working in the field. I would love to be able to address this through the marrying of art and social work and the Little Humans Art Co. provides the perfect opportunity for that", Alex noted.