This creative action link round up shares some art therapy and art-based resources to learn more about racial trauma, ways that art therapists can practice anti-racism, as well as how the arts are providing a voice to pain, loss, suffering, and bring communities together in protest, meaningful change, hope, solidarity, & advocacy. This post also honors the contributions of African American pioneers in the field of art therapy.
- Creative Healing Spaces: Healing From Racial Wounds: Three lessons art therapist Lindsey D. Vance has learned about changing the framework of therapy in her practice with clients of color to respond to racial trauma, engage in community based practice, and bring communities together through art. Lindsey also participated last week in a Creative Justice FB Live with Sharon @ Spark Your Creative to discuss the intensity of what we are seeing and hearing, how it can deeply affect our ability to create , what we do create, and how we can heal ourselves and others affected by violence in our communities.
- Cultural Humility in Art Therapy– In this book published early in 2020, art therapist Dr. Louvenia Jackson writes about cultural humility in art therapy, as a lens to address power differentials and encourage art therapists to examine privilege within social constructs, become mindful of our own bias, assumptions and beliefs.
- Anti-racist Approach to Art Therapy: Re-examining Core Concepts– Three strategies from art therapist Dr. Jordan Potash for art therapists to confront race-based injustices & power differentials in our practice and with systems. Learn more about how art therapists can develop an anti-racist perspective, re-examine art therapy concepts through anti-racist paradigms, and advocate for system change.
- Framing Race in the Context of Art Therapy: Art therapist Dr. Cheryl Doby-Copeland frames race in the context of art therapy through defining racism, racial trauma, & bringing awareness to the impact of societal discrimination & oppression with clients & families of color.
- These three takeaways for art therapists from Dr. Angela Clack address barriers that often exist for Black women seeking therapy and the importance of building trust and openness as core to the therapeutic relationship.
- Talking About Race: National Museum of African American History & Culture: This newly launched project collects 100+ multimedia tools, including videos, scholarly articles, and exercises to help educators, parents, and others develop the language to have productive conversations about race.
- From Murals To Tweets: The Global South Shows Solidarity With George Floyd Protests: Throughout the world, the use of art is activating social action through protest and solidarity.
- What Is Art Good For? Especially during times of pain, anger, and sorrow.
- Plans Underway to Preserve, Exhibit Protest-Inspired Art Covering Columbus Storefronts: ““Art is like music…. Has no limit. Has no guidelines. Has no parameters. Speaks to all races, all generations. This should be retained, should be somewhere that’s available even after we’ve gone through this period.”
Essential Arts: The Memory of George Floyd Lives on in Murals: How the arts are creating an uprising across Los Angeles.
George Floyd’s Death Has Inspired Powerful Protest Art: ‘I needed to have another way of seeing him: Thousands of people have created powerful art in response to George Floyd’s death and the recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations to protest police violence. From street murals near the White House to editorial comics created near where Floyd died, artists are delivering political messages.
- How Protest Graffiti Re-contextualizes Public Art: Throughout the country, street art has forced people to confront and examine our troubling racial realities.
- Honoring African-American Art Therapy Pioneers : Learn about the contributions of Georgette Seabrooke Powell, Charles Anderson, Dr. Sarah McGee, Dr. Lucille Venture, and Cliff Joseph to the profession of art therapy as leaders, clinicians, educators, researchers, authors, artists, and advocates.
Multi-Traditional Art Therapy: Invoking All of Our Ancestors: An excerpt of Dr. Potash’s 2019 keynote address to the Buckeye Art Therapy Association describes how rediscovering art therapy history, particularly overlooked early art therapists of color, reveals diverse theoretical and practical applications.
Wheels of Diversity in Art Therapy: Pioneers of Color – This video highlights art therapists and pioneers of color and their impact on the field of art therapy.