Posts Tagged ‘arts’

Creative Action Link Round Up: Self-Care, Responsibility, Community

August 20, 2017

 Social media is a powerful tool for self expression and engagement of all kinds…giving a voice for many and often a way to cast attention, influence, and respond to causes, values, and efforts we hold dear or reject.

Below are some links I have been reading, saving, and sharing from and on social media recently. Most are rooted in self-care, individual influence and responsibility, and creative community action through the arts. Many offer ways we can effectively activate resources, ideas, and our gifts both on and offline with others (and ourselves) as artists, creatives, mental health professionals, helpers, and human beings.

Self-Care:

Influence:

The Arts, Social Action, and Community Response:

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Perseverance and Arts Advocacy

March 19, 2017

This week the White House unveiled its budget proposal, which included completely defunding and eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts.  This distressing news about the NEA and other programs that champion culture & humanities in the United States have increased art advocacy efforts into high gear to save the arts.

The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) issued this statement about how defunding the NEA will effect clients who receive art therapy services from NEA sponsored programs and includes ways art therapists and art therapy supporters can take action.  Contact legislators and let the US Congress (who approves the budget) to reject this proposed elimination of the NEA.  This action alert from the Americans for the Arts includes an easy way to contact officials and you can also sign their petition to support the arts in America. The Atlantic, in its news piece The Real Cost of Abolishing the National Endowments for the Arts, states that “this kind of work can and should be bipartisanand cites Second Lady Karen Pence’s interest in raising awareness for art therapy as her official cause as an example.

Art Advocacy Day in DC (tomorrow and Tuesday, March 20 & 21) will be an important opportunity for art communities, organizations, and advocates to come together to share and showcase the critical role the arts has in everyone’s lives. The AATA is again one of the partnering organizations supporting these efforts.

 Learn more about the arts wide reaching impact in this NEA video:

Here in my home state, the Ohio Arts Council released this statement from Executive Director Donna S. Collins which offered hopeful considerations to keep in mind during these challenging times, including these words:

“We are nowhere near the end of the road for the NEA or public support of the arts… Stay calm, remain strong, and be confident. The NEA has weathered these types of debates before, and together, the arts community will persevere.”

Additional Reading:

NEA Chairwoman Jane Chu | NEA on Facebook

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Creativity & The Arts in Healing

January 15, 2017

The UCLArts & Healing Conference in partnership with the Expressive Therapies Summit presents Creativity & The Arts in Healing to be offered this spring March 30 through April 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport. This 4 day conference is an opportunity to learn arts-based tools for facilitating communication, building connection, promoting positive emotions, fostering engagement, reducing stress, and managing the impact of trauma.  Offerings include 125+ workshops delivered by leading national experts in art, dance, drama, drumming, music, and writing integrated with mental health practices. Select any one or combination of days. Over 30 continuing education credits are available.

Creativity & Arts in Healing | creativty in motion

Specialty tracks include:

  • Mindfulness & Wellbeing
  • Children & Adolescents
  • Community Building & Social Justice
  • Expressive Writing & Journaling
  • Play Therapy
  • Special Populations

Creative expression invites self-reflection and dialogue that can lead to meaningful self-discovery, connection with others, and personal empowerment. Studies have shown that the arts—particularly when integrated with mental health practices—can yield social, emotional, physical and cognitive benefits. The nonverbal aspect of the arts transcends traditional barriers of age, ability, and culture. Shared creative experiences build empathy and community, which expand possibilities for action and transformation.

Creativity & Arts in Healing | creativty in motion

I am excited to be offering one of my favorite trauma informed and strength based workshops at this event: Tokens of Esteem and Affirmation, a mixed media art making session dedicated to making Artist Challenge Coins.  In the military, a Challenge Coin is a medallion symbolizing achievement or esteem. They are also given out to enhance morale and membership for members of the community. In the spirit of Challenge Coins, participants will learn how to make and use Artist Challenge Coins as tokens of affirmation, strength, and recovery.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will describe 3 examples connected to the history and significance of Challenge Coins used to symbolize achievement, community building, and instill a sense of belonging;
  • Participants will state 3 ways Artist Challenge Coins (ACCs) can be adapted to use with a variety of populations and therapeutic settings.
  • Participants will describe a minimum of 1 value of using Challenge Coins with varied clinical populations.

Not only will we be making a series of our own coins, but participants will also  engage in a community art exchange with other workshop attendees.  I would love to have you join us- this half day workshop is scheduled for Sunday, April 2, 10 am-1pm.

To register and learn more about the Summit, its awesome line up of offerings and teaching faculty, check out www.expressivetherapiessummit.la. Early bird discounts are available through February 17!   See you in LA!

 

Creativity & The Arts in Healing | creativity in motion

Creativity & The Arts in Healing | creativity in motion

 

Creativity & The Arts in Healing | creativity in motion

 

 

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Implications of National Trends in Digital Media Use for Art Therapy Practice

July 14, 2016

Implications of National Trends in Digital Media Use for Art Therapy Practice | Journal of Clinical Art Therapy

I am excited to announce that in the new issue of the Journal of Clinical Art Therapy (Volume 3, Issue 1) an article that I co-authored with Girija Kamal, Michele Rattigan, and Jennifer Haddy about digital media and considerations for art therapy practice was recently published.

Abstract: This paper presents an overview of national trends in visual art-making and art sharing using digital media, and, the authors’ reflections on the implications of these findings for art therapy practice. These findings were based on a secondary analysis of the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts administered by the National Endowment for the Arts. Survey findings indicated that increasing proportions of people in the United States are using digital media for creating, archiving, and sharing their art. Reflections by the authors on these findings include support for increase in use of digital media by art therapists for their own art and the need for research about, and, education on best practices for use of digital media.

You can download the full paper available via open access on the JCAT site here.

Many thanks to Girija for bringing us together to contribute to this publication, as well as JCAT’s Editor Einat S. Metzl and the JCAT Editorial Board for their interest in this topic.  🙂

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Survival, Hope, & Art: Inocente to Debut on MTV

August 9, 2012

Back in March I blogged about the documentary INOCENTE and how excited I was that this film was part of the 2012 Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF).  It was absolutely amazing! Since this screening, INOCENTE has continued to be shown not only across the US, but also in Canada, Australia, and recently funded a $50,000+ Kickstarter to increase the film’s promotion, showings, and to  create a free online art-based educational curriculum.  It is great to see this film doing so well and creating more awareness about important issues such as chronic family homelessness, immigration, and the arts role in coping and providing hope through difficult times.

Next week on August 17th, INOCENTE will be making its TV broadcast debut on MTV, which is more great exposure to tell Inocente’s story and continue to spread the word about her experience as a survivor.  In celebration of this premiere, I am having a viewing party with some art therapy friends to watch it together!  There are also fundraising viewing parties being thrown to benefit A Reason to Survive (ARTS), the San Diego arts organization that Inocente  received support, advocacy, and services from, as seen in  the film.  “ARTS is dedicated to creating, supporting, and advocating for creative arts programs that heal, inspire, and empower at-risk youth” (artsurvive.org) and was one of the film’s co-creators with Fine Films and Shine Global. Check out the ARTS website to learn more and to donate to the program’s important efforts, as well as a list of upcoming screenings and news!

Inocente-MTV Premiere: August 17

Continued best wishes and success for Inocente, the filmmakers, ARTS, & the film’s powerful message about the possibilities and potential the arts create to transform youth’s lives.  I look forward to showing the DVD of the film (coming in September) to the adolescents I work with in shelter, as well as my community based Latino youth art therapy group of pre-teens and teens impacted by family violence.

Enjoy the MTV showing next Friday night!

Guest Blog Post on SpeakArtLoud | Art Therapy and Domestic Violence

October 12, 2011

Check out my recent guest blog post on SpeakArtLoud:  Using Art Therapy with Survivors of Domestic Violence.

SpeakArtLoud is an innovative social-profit organization that uses the arts to empower women and improve communities.  Learn more about the organization’s vision, mission, and values here.

Thanks so much to Sally and SpeakArtLoud for the opportunity to contribute this posting, especially during Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

Arts & the Military @ Arlington Public Library

April 4, 2011

On April 7  Dr. Tara Tappert, Exhibits Curator of The Combat Paper Project will be giving an art talk at The Arlington Public Library to present her work  in researching the role of the arts and its relationship to helping veterans returning from combat and military service, including the work of CPP.  In February, I attended a planning meeting on behalf of Art Therapy Without Borders organized by Dr. Tappert at George Mason University to learn more about her project and how ATWB could get involved.   I hope anyone reading in the Washington DC area interested in the arts, the military, and how veterans can benefit from art and craft making will be able to attend.

Combat Paper Project

Art from The Combat Paper Project will also be on display throughout April at Arlington’s Central Library as part of Arlington Reads 2011, “The Soldier’s Story: Serving Country and Community.” I wish I could attend!

In the News: The Power of Art to Address Domestic Violence

October 20, 2010

 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

As Domestic Violence Awareness Month continues throughout October, it has been nice to read several news articles this month highlighting the use of the arts to help raise awareness about domestic violence within communities and also how art can help survivors:

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