Posts Tagged ‘INOCENTE’

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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Related Posts:

INOCENTE: A Young Girl’s Story of Homelessness and the Transformative Power of Art

File Folder Art Journal [VIDEO] How to Tutorial

Social Media: Art Therapists and the Internet

Inocente Re-visited & Thriving One Year Later

March 29, 2013

Inocente DVD

When arrived home yesterday, I was super, super happy to see a mailer from Shine Global awaiting me!  Inside: My Kickstarter reward, a DVD of this year’s Academy Award Winning Documentary Short, INOCENTE. Yes!!

Last summer I was one of the 294 backers that helped continue funding for distributing & promoting this amazing film through Shine Global’s Kickstarter campaign.  This successful crowdfunding effort made internet history as the first time a film featured on Kickstarter ended up winning an Oscar!

It was also a year ago yesterday that I first saw this documentary premier at the Cleveland International Film Festival. I was so moved by Inocente’s story of transformation and resiliency to cope with her family’s chronic homelessness, abuse, and uncertainty through the refuge she received at a A Reason to Survive (ARTS) and in her painting.  Now, 12 months later, it is great to see all this thriving success, which will in turn keep awareness, outreach, hope, and inspiration from Inocente’s story growing…

I intend to put my Kickstarter reward to very good use to share Inocente’s story, the power of art, and the many struggles she has overcome with the youth and families I work with as an art therapist in a shelter setting.

If you’d like to see the film, it is also available now on iTunes and continues to be widely screened across the US and internationally.  You can also follow Inocente’s painting and happenings via her page on Facebook, and purchase her art here.

Continued best wishes to Inocente, ARTS, Fine Films, and Shine Global!

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!

INOCENTE: A Young Girl’s Story of Homelessness and the Transformative Power of Art

March 18, 2012

Photo: fine-films.com

The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) is about to start here (March 22-April 1) and this year’s line up of films includes INOCENTE, a short documentary about an adolescent girl’s struggles and experience with her family’s chronic homelessness, as well as finding solace, hope, and comfort through the power of painting.  Check out the powerful trailer from the film’s distributor ShineGlobal:

INOCENTE is an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. INOCENTE is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America, children.

Working as an art therapist and trauma consultant with youth and families in shelter, but also Latina youth in the community exposed to family violence, I am looking forward to learning more about INOCENTE’s story through this documentary.  I’ve been following the film over the last few months via Facebook and Twitter, receiving updates and news about children & homelessness, as well as issues impacting the Latina community to further develop my awareness, understanding, and practice.

I also think it is an important reminder to view homelessness through a trauma informed lens, including what is offered and created for family shelter programs and services.  As posted here last summer, I attended a great workshop about this very topic and in that post shared some of the trauma informed resources that have been created by The National Center on Family Homelessness. One of those resources,  A Guide for Creating Trauma–Informed Services for Mothers and Children Experiencing Homelessness includes a free 58 page PDF download that provides an excellent overview around considerations for programming, safety planning, support, staff training, and establishing an trauma informed environment for families living in shelters.

A Latina based resource that I would also like to suggest related to domestic violence and abuse is this overview of information for Latina and/or Immigrant Women from the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center here in Cleveland. This page introduces some of the specific issues and needs that this community can face related to breaking the cycle of violence, entering a shelter, and accessing services.

INOCENTE debuts in Cleveland on March 28 and has another screening on March 29.  Check out more information here about times, location, and film details.  If you’re in the area, consider making plans to check it out!

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