Social Media’s Role in Cultivating Art Therapy Connection, Community, & Creativity

July 26, 2014

Earlier this month at the national art therapy conference in San Antonio, I was able to spend time dialoguing in a focus group I led about one of my favorite topics: the role of social media in creating connection, community, and sustaining creativity.

Social Media’s Role in Cultivating Art Therapy Connection, Community, & Creativity | creativity in motion

This group time was a very nice opportunity to talk with art therapists and art therapy students about how they use social media, what interests & challenges them, as well as the different ways social media can be used within the art therapy community for networking, collaborating, art-making, and inspire one another.

In comparison to a focus group I led on this same topic at the national conference 5 years ago (2009), the awareness and use of social media seemed to be a lot more integrated into our regular professional interactions and activity.  This included, but was not limited to: connecting with other art therapists, inspiring & supporting our own creative process with art-making, taking to the social media air waves to promote what we are passionate about in art therapy (through blogging, creating Facebook pages, using hashtags, QR codes) and keeping updated on worldwide happenings and news in the art therapy community.  The increasing use of smartphones, tablets, and apps (vs. 2009) to access social media in mobile form definitely has contributed to this day to day practice.

Challenges voiced included understanding how to leverage the most out of different social media sites, having a mindful awareness of ones personal vs. professional life online, and keeping up with the constant changes, new developments, and activity in the world of social media.

Check out this SlideShare inspired by this focus group’s topic:

This was a great time to gather together about this topic off the grid!  Thank you to everyone who attended! It is inspiring to learn more about how we as art therapists continue to use social media to strengthen our professional connections, enhance the relationship with our creativity, & create online opportunities for supporting our work, interests, & practice.

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Inspiration from the 2014 TLC Childhood Trauma Practitioner’s Assembly

July 23, 2014

It’s been a super busy last couple of weeks and I am grateful within that time I was able to schedule in attending a day of the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children’s Annual Childhood Trauma Practitioner’s Assembly.

One of the workshops I attended was facilitated by Nora Stanger  and focused on overcoming childhood trauma through reframing experiences, exploring & discovering life purpose, as well as the connection of foundational values and personal leadership in finding that calling.  Check out Nora’s TEDx talk Embrace Your Past…. Define Your Future (8:39) to learn more about her powerful, inspiring story of post traumatic growth:

On reframing, Nora shared these four steps (also available here in handout form):

  • Acknowledge and Apply Your Strengths- What personal strengths can you bring to the situation?
  • Find & Use the Positives- Using your strengths, how can you make the situation better?
  • Accept the Uncontrollable- What parts are not in your control? What are you willing to give up?
  • Focus on the Controllable- What can you control (thoughts, feelings, actions)?

Reframing invites a different way of seeing the experience and challenges us to explore our beliefs about the situation and to change or reverse its meaning.  This perspective can help us manage the experience better and from a strength-based and empowering mind set.   I was super happy that this workshop also included shout outs to the pioneering positive psychology work of Dr. Martin Seligman and his site authentichappiness.org.

On life purpose, Nora discussed how looking beyond ourselves and situations helps discover, give voice, and action to the bigger meaning and calling of our existence, no matter what our past and circumstances.  She cited the work of Dr. Bill Millard and his Life Calling Model, which outlines a series of values rooted in character, faith, and service connected to our strengths, passion, and experiences to explore life purpose. Foundational Values are at the core of our being and helps form the way we think about the world, ourselves, and others. Our values are the basis of our choices (Millard, 2012).

I was inspired by Nora’s content and these presented models not only in relationship to my work in trauma with survivors, but as another addition to  covenant based caregiving that I learned about last month.  More inspiration and awesome ideas for transforming this stuff into altered book form!  Thank you Nora!

Also at the TLC Assembly, I was able to present a workshop on art journaling, trauma intervention, and self care, which was a nice way for attendees to end the week.  This part lecture/part art-making workshop explored the use of art journaling as a safe, contained space for processing emotional expression, promoting self care, and sharing ones personal narrative and intentions related to trauma work. Content also included themes and the benefits of art journaling as a visual voice and means of trauma intervention with youth and women survivors. The group engaged in creating their own mini art journal with paper bags with mixed media to help identify and support their own professional self-care practices:

Inspiration from the 2014 TLC Childhood Trauma Practitioner's Assembly | creativity in motion

Inspiration from the 2014 TLC Childhood Trauma Practitioner's Assembly | creativity in motion

Inspiration from the 2014 TLC Childhood Trauma Practitioner's Assembly | creativity in motion

 It was such a pleasure to work with this group! Thank you to everyone who attended!

You can check out all the photos from the Assembly’s great week via TLC here. :)


Call for Art : Art Therapy 360 : Join the Celebration!

July 21, 2014

Originally posted on Art Therapy Alliance:

Art Therapy 360 | Art Therapy Alliance

In recognition of the Art Therapy Alliance reaching 36,000 likes on FacebookArt Therapy 360 invites community members and supporters to create a mandala (in any media) celebrating the awesomeness & power of art therapy.

To contribute to this community project, please e-mail your own original mandala art photo (no larger than 1000 dpi) to info@arttherapyalliance.org with a brief statement describing how your 360 image celebrates this amazing field and practice around the globe!  Please also include your name & where your mandala was created.

Art Therapy 360 mandala images will be posted on the Art Therapy Alliance’s Facebook and Pinterest pages to help spread the word!  You can also share your art and positive message about art therapy using the #arttherapy360 hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  Join the #arttherapy360 celebration through art & social media!

Here are some art therapy & mandala resources to help get you…

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6 Degrees of Creativity 2014 Online Workshops Sale!

July 15, 2014

Originally posted on 6 Degrees of Creativity:

6 Degrees of Creativity Workshop SaleRegistration for 6 Degrees of Creativity’s 2014 online workshops is open until the end of this month– there’s still time to join in on the creative goodness if you are interested… :)

This year’s 6 workshops are available until December 31, 2014, so you can still enjoy the remaining 5 months.  All workshops are self-guided and go at your own pace to make it super easy to fit into your schedule and when you want to participate!

Beginning today (until 7/31), this year’s series of 6 Degrees of Creativity workshops will be offered at a discounted rate of $24.99 (USD). After 7/31, registration for new participants will be closed.

Throughout the last 5 months, the 6 Degrees of Creativity site has been an inspiring place to connect with other creatives and artful concepts dedicated to using art for good:

6 Degrees of Creativity Workshops- Sale!You can learn more about all the workshops here.

And…

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July 2014 Travel Update: Random Acts of Art Adventure

July 7, 2014

Originally posted on 6 Degrees of Creativity:

The Random Acts of Art Adventure continues to travel along, with 5 new stops and making it past the mid-way point on its tour of creativity, generosity, and kindness!

In the past 30 days, the canvas pouch of creative goodness has visited Tennessee, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida:

July Travel Update: Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of Creativity

Creative Greetings from Tennessee

July Travel Update: Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of Creativity

Art is Close to My Heart: Janie’s contribution to the Creative Passport Book

July Travel Update: Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of Creativity

Packed up and ready for travel to Raleigh, North Carolina!

July Travel Update: Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of Creativity

Hello from North Carolina!

The pouch’s visit with Eva in Raleigh was stop #30— a big halfway milestone for this canvas pouch…. From this point: 31 more stops, 6 more countries, and 10 more US states to go!

July Travel Update: Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of Creativity

Eva’s addition to the Creative Passport Book

July Travel Update: Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of Creativity

Ready to travel to Mississippi!

July Travel Update: Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of Creativity

Greetings from Mississippi and Sr. Alies!

July Travel Update: Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of Creativity

Sock monkeys in Sr. Alies’ creative space enjoy the creative goodness!

 After visiting Sr. Alies’ studio in Mississippi, the…

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San Antonio Art Therapy Fun

July 3, 2014

Next week I’ll be heading to San Antonio to attend the national art therapy conference and I am looking forward to opportunities for learning, connecting, and community building.

San Antonio Art Therapy Fun: Artist Trading Card Exchange | creativity in motion

My ATCs for the San Antonio Art Therapy ATC Swap

Early on at the conference, Andrea Davis, LPC, ATR-BC and I have organized an artist trading card exchange and meet up exploring the theme of art therapy dreams. I am eager to spend time swapping art and re-connecting/connecting on site with art therapists and students I’ve met through the 6 Degrees of Creativity or Art Therapy Alliance communities, as well as meeting some new faces and enjoying the creative company of friends.

San Antonio Art Therapy Fun: Artist Trading Card Exchange | creativity in motion

Swapping & Meet Up Accessories

I hope this gathering will be a great space for networking & coming together through creativity!

Later on Thursday (5-7 pm), I’ll be participating in the Arts & Crafts Marketplace, offering some handmade pocket journals and books (created from miniature file folders, matchboxes, & inchies) for sale… Stop by table #5, say hello, and check out the creative goodness:

Matchbox Journals

Matchbox Journals

 

Inchie Love

Inchie Love

 

Inchie Inspiration Books

Inchie Inspiration Books

 

Marketplace Creative Goodness

Marketplace Creative Goodness

 

Pocket Journals

Pocket Journals

 

Pocket Journals

Pocket Journals

 

San Antonio Art Therapy Fun: Marketplace Creative Goodness | creativity in motion

Marketplace Creative Goodness

Following the Marketplace fun, I am looking forward to attending the free screening of Inocente and have the honor of leading a discussion following the film with audience attendees about the role and benefits of art expression in helping youth living with homeless.  Don’t miss out on seeing this inspiring and Academy award-winning film from 8-9:30 on Thursday evening- I hope to see you there!

INOCENTE Screening

INOCENTE Screening

On Saturday morning (10:30-11:20 am), I’ll be facilitating a Focus Group on one of my favorite topics: Social Media’s Role in Cultivating Art Therapy Connection, Community, & Creativity. This focus group will stimulate innovative dialogue about social networking’s important role in building community, cultivating creativity, and creating connection for art therapists worldwide. Participants will engage in discussion about the power of social media to mobilize and engage a community, as well as how to leverage this participation to bring art therapists together for art-making, support, and crowdsourcing efforts. Discussion content will include websites, groups, and communities available on-line for art therapists and how to professionally get the most out the social media experience for networking, empowering creativity, and sustaining a sense of community and belonging.

Social Media & Art Therapy Focus Group

Social Media & Art Therapy Focus Group

I’m also excited to bring & share some of the Art Therapy Alliance‘s new Favicards to help spread the art therapy & social media love….. :)

2014 Art Therapy Alliance Favicards

2014 Art Therapy Alliance Favicards

And finally, if you want to join in on the conference’s social media activity while in San Antonio, AATA’s Social Media Committee will be hosting Pop Up Photo Taking & Hashtag Creative Fun in the Exhibit Hall @ the Marketplace of Ideas during Networking and Lunch Breaks Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  You are invited to stop by!  Also, if you will be in attendance at the conference and want to share your updates, check-ins & photos, use the event’s hashtag #AATA2014 on Twitter, Instagram, and on FB.

 I hope our paths will cross at one of these happenings or at another offering throughout the week if we are both in San Antonio!

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Summer Camp Sock Monkeys & Service

June 28, 2014

I spent some time this past week teaching a group of youth ages 8-15 how to make sock monkeys as part of Ursuline ArtSpace’s Fashion Camp- It was so much fun!

a day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17 years old. – See more at: http://cornerstoneofhope.org/page/camps-and-retreats#sthash.tlmh9U9n.dpuf
Summer Camp Sock Monkeys & Service | creativity in motion

Sock monkeys waiting to be born

After seeing the group of sock monkey my art therapy graduate students created last year for Operation Sock Monkey, the Camp’s Director and ArtSpace Founder Sister Kathleen Burke wanted this year’s creative campers to not only learn how to create a sock monkey as part of their summer camp experience, but to also donate what they created to a child in need of some sock monkey love.

Summer Camp Sock Monkeys & Service | creativity in motion

Summer Camp Sock Monkey Sewing

Over three days, the group learned the basics of how to handsew a sock monkey using the variety of knee high and calf length socks I’ve been collecting over the last year for this very occasion.  ArtSpace Camp Staff and Volunteers Emily, Amanda, Jessica, Brandy, Keith, Cathy, & Rita were a huge, invaluable help in assisting everyone with the sewing details and logistics throughout the week- Thank you!

Summer Camp Sock Monkeys & Service | creativity in motion

Sock monkeys and their Fabulous Fashionista Creators ready to walk the runway

To celebrate all the fabulous fashion related creations made throughout the week (dresses, bags, scarves, hats & more!), the last day of camp closed with a Fashion Runway show, which also included sock monkeys!  I loved seeing this final part!

Sock monkeys ready to go to Camp Heroes!

Sock monkeys ready to go to Camp Heroes!

In July, I’ll be taking these sock monkeys to Cornerstone of Hope’s Camp Heroes-  a bereavement day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17.

It was suck a pleasure to work with this group of young ladies and the ArtSpace staff on this project– thank you for all your hard work, generosity, and creativity!

If you’re interested in learning how to make your own sock monkey, check out the video that taught me (from my sock monkey hero and art therapist Kat Thorsen)!

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Craftivism Inspiration

Sewing, Swapping, & Service

a day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17 years old. – See more at: http://cornerstoneofhope.org/page/camps-and-retreats#sthash.tlmh9U9n.dpuf
a day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17 years old. – See more at: http://cornerstoneofhope.org/page/camps-and-retreats#sthash.tlmh9U9n.dpuf
Camp Heroes is a day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17 years old. – See more at: http://cornerstoneofhope.org/page/camps-and-retreats#sthash.tlmh9U9n.dpuf
Camp Heroes is a day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17 years old. – See more at: http://cornerstoneofhope.org/page/camps-and-retreats#sthash.tlmh9U9n.dpuf

 


3×5 Journeying Into & Through

June 21, 2014

“…And for most journeys, we need a map…” ~Patti Digh

This week’s theme for Daisy Yellow’s ICAD Challenge was focused on all things maps. It has been lots of fun to work on different creative concepts combining my 3×5 art making with map making.  I used a variety of maps I’ve collected….. from maps I have picked up in hotels, local & regional maps, prints of maps in magazine catalogs, and maps gifted to me in paper stash swaps.  On the 3rd day of this theme, I was also inspired by researching maps of the hand.

As this week’s ICAD theme comes to a close, I’m spent time today reflecting on themes around finding, discovery, navigating, & adventuring.

3x5 Journeying Into & Through |  creativity in motion

My companion for today’s reflection was the book, The Geography of Loss, by Patti Digh which I took off the bookshelf in my creative space this morning as I looked over the 3x5s I created this past week.

“The word map: A process of seeing, of charting, of knowing, or journeying into and through.”

 

3x5 Journeying Into & Through |  creativity in motion

3x5 Journeying Into & Through |  creativity in motion

3x5 Journeying Into & Through |  creativity in motion

3x5 Journeying Into & Through |  creativity in motion

3x5 Journeying Into & Through |  creativity in motion

3x5 Journeying Into & Through |  creativity in motion

3x5 Journeying Into & Through |  creativity in motion

I often include paper hearts in my 3×5 art (and art journaling for that matter!) and the map theme really inspired its inclusion even more. As a compass of sorts.

Today, post 3×5 making and having these maps & paper hearts before me, I re-visited Digh’s section on thematic mapping for widely opening our hearts (Part 2).  Digh prompts us to create a metaphorical map of our heart and to think about what’s inside,  what/who opens or closes this heart, to honor what is by honoring what was, and to feel the difference between a heart that is protected and one that is free & open.  Inspiring stuff….. :)

I love this combination of heart & map making…. As I worked on each of these cards the intention of progress, readiness, and journey honoring was definitely on my 3×5 making brain.  It’s nice to see the series together, as well as pieces of the terrain that create a larger perspective.

I look forward to continuing ICAD’s themes for weeks 4-6! 

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Artful Hands & Hearts: Honoring Community

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The Power of Art: Healing Imagination VI @ Ursuline College

June 14, 2014
Photo: Sr. Kathleen Burke, PhD, OSU

Photo: Sr. Kathleen Burke, PhD, OSU

What a pleasure it was to attend another opening of Healing Imagination — 2014 celebrates VI (!)– an Art Therapy Juried Exhibition at Ursuline College’s Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery.

It was great to see so much beautiful art on display in a variety of mediums & forms: painting, sculpture, mixed media, textile, collage, photography, and more from Art Therapy and Counseling faculty, students, and alumni.

I am grateful that we were able to come together and honor the importance and practice of art making as artists and art therapists in this way.  To see the creative work of my colleagues, art therapy friends, and students in this collective showing is so energizing & inspiring.  How wonderful that the creative process and power of art is so essential in our work, service, and in our own lives.

The Power of Art: Healing Imagination VI | creativity in motion

My contribution to the exhibition was my 2013 365 revo’lution project and 2014 revo’lution altered book.  It was super nice to be reunited with both pieces again in the gallery.  In my creative space where I keep my 2013 365 project, I often take a look at the piece of art I created 365 days ago.  I’ll reflect on what the intention was, where I created the piece, and the materials I was using.  Looking at last year’s tiny image also helps reframe the present and recognize areas of growth & transformation that have taken place since making the piece 365 days ago and how it has supported my 2014 revo’lution.  So it’s been weird not having both pieces of art around! :)

While there have been small moments of anxiety separation from both of these pieces, it is refreshing to have my revo’lution projects visit this new space and fun to have others experience it outside of the virtual sharing and computer screens of social media and the Internet.  Thank you to Ursuline College’s Art Therapy & Counseling Program for the opportunity to be included in this show, bringing us together in this way, and continuing the Healing Imagination tradition!

The Power of Art: Healing Imagination VI | creativity in motion

In case you’re in the NE Ohio area and want to check the exhibition out,  The Healing Imagination VI is on display until August 1 at the Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery on the campus of Ursuline College.  Gallery hours are Tuesday- Friday, 12 – 5 PM, as well as Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 – 4:30 PM.

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Daisy Yellow’s ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3×5 Adventure Begins

June 7, 2014
Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3x5 Adventure Begins | creativity in motion

Some of my ICAD Week 1 Supplies

This week was the beginning of Daisy Yellow’s ICAD Challenge!  Yay!

I know I’ve been creating on index cards everyday this year as part of my 3×5 365 project, but participating in ICAD is like a new, exciting chapter to this creative process. This challenge hosted by Tammy Garcia is in its 4th year, but this is the first time I am participating!

My first seven ICAD Challenge cards are inspired by Week 1’s Text Theme:

Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3x5 Adventure Begins | creativity in motion

Day 1- My ICAD boarding pass

 

Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3x5 Adventure Begins | creativity in motion

Day 2- Dictionary inspiration

 

Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3x5 Adventure Begins | creativity in motion

Day 3- Choose your words

 

Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3x5 Adventure Begins | creativity in motion

Day 4- Journey to eesilience

 

Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3x5 Adventure Begins | creativity in motion

Day 5- Text collage

 

Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3x5 Adventure Begins | creativity in motion

Day 6- learning the art of how we learn

 

Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge: An Exciting, New 3x5 Adventure Begins | creativity in motion

Day 7: stay close to your inner self

I tried to purposefully use simple materials to visually explore text: from dictionary and old calendar pages, a page from a paperback’s index, an old airplane ticket, baggage claim stickers, magazine print, & tiny printed words I already had in my paper stash, as well as scrapbooking paper.  Other materials I mostly used were distressed or stamping ink, washi & masking tape, and wite-out strips.

I really enjoyed working on a theme dedicated to text and discovering different ways to express it. I don’t think in the consecutive 520+ days I’ve been doing my 365 projects that I have spent an entire week intentionally focused on just one concept.  As I reflect on this week’s collection, I connect to the strength & liberation in the single cards, the images the words collectively create, and the series all together.

I’ve also enjoyed the community, connection, and inspiration of the Daisy Yellow ICAD Group and the awesomeness of seeing so many different index cards of art, materials, techniques, and ideas. It’s refreshing and inspiring to have probably 90% of my newsfeed taken over by a creative flood of 3×5 or 4×6 art.  Love!

I am looking forward to starting ICAD’s Week 2 Theme dedicated to all things collage and my favorite creative superpower of gluing stuff together!

Thanks to Tammy at Daisy Yellow for all the inspiration, enthusiasm, & index card love we get to enjoy together over the next two months. :)

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Creative Challenge: ICAD 2014 is Coming!

3×5 365 Begins

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