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Eco-Art Therapy: Deepening Connections with the Natural World

Eco-Art Therapy: Deepening Connections with the Natural World

By Ellen Speert | October 27, 2016 | About Art Therapy

The Nez Pierce have a saying: “Heal yourself and heal Mother Earth and all our relations.” It is widely agreed that art therapy is as old as the earliest human expression. We cite prehistoric cave paintings as evidence that people used art (therapy) to relate to what was most important to their lives, utilizing available materials to summon power in relationship to their needs.

Bringing Art to Life through Storytelling

Bringing Art to Life through Storytelling

By Sarah Margaret Wade | April 27, 2016 | About Art Therapy | Community | #WeAreArtTherapists

I recently attended a celebratory gala and art show at the University of Alabama to honor five years of Art to Life, a program of art therapy and storytelling for adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders. Art to Life is a course sponsored by University of Alabama’s Honors College in collaboration with the Cognitive Dynamics Foundation in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Panel Presentation of Killing Time: The Chronology of Creativity

Panel Presentation of Killing Time: The Chronology of Creativity

By Irene Rosner David | January 27, 2016 | About Art Therapy

When asked to represent our field and organization on this panel during the Outsider Art Fair in New York, I was both honored and challenged. For decades I have welcomed opportunities to enlighten broadly and promote our work, however this was a new audience for me – outsider artists, outsider art gallery owners, arts-in-business people. I entered this project with the assumption that I would primarily explore aspects of Outsider Art and Art Therapy that may be perceived as overlapping, yet are different. This is a relationship I have pondered in the past, particularly having seen the infamous collection of L’Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Exploring Strengths through Masks: Art Therapy from a Positive Psychology Perspective

Exploring Strengths through Masks: Art Therapy from a Positive Psychology Perspective

By Gioia Chilton and Rebecca Wilkinson | January 6, 2016 | About Art Therapy

Although masks are ubiquitous to art therapy, when we were recently asked to run several mask-making workshops we realized that we were both conflicted about what they actually represent. Are they meant to hide or protect some aspect of ourselves? Do they reflect what we show to the world and obscure our “true” selves? Or do they help us uncover and discover parts of ourselves?

Art Therapy and Social Justice at Chicago-based Women’s Shelter

Art Therapy and Social Justice at Chicago-based Women’s Shelter

By Sangeetha Ravichandran | December 9, 2015 | About Art Therapy | Community | Trauma

ApnaGhar, Inc., (“Our Home” in Urdu/Hindi,) provides holistic services, education, and advocacy across immigrant communities to end the different manifestations of gender violence. Gender violence can be broadly understood as violence impacting women and girls who are part of various margins of society. They are denied access, rights, and privileges and are stripped of personal power through forms of control exerted by an individual, a group, and/or systems of oppression, including domestic and family violence, forced marriage, trafficking, and honor killings. At Apna Ghar, we address issues of gender violence using a client-centered, trauma -focused, and empowerment-based approach.