Posts Tagged ‘SB 205’

Nepalese Style Peace Paper On the Go

August 25, 2012

Last week-end during a visit by Drew & Margaret, they kindly left me with two large pieces of Nepalese style Peace Paper they recently made at the Grass River in Lampson Falls, New York (thank you!). Check out the awesome photos of their outdoor papermaking in action here.

With the Buckeye Art Therapy Association Symposium approaching in a little over two weeks, I thought we could donate a piece of art created from this paper for BATA’s Annual Silent Art Auction. Money raised @ the auction will go to continued legislative efforts for Senate Bill 205, regulation to license art therapists in the state of Ohio.

I wish you could all feel the texture of this piece!  I chose one of the sand dusted papers covered with embedded pine needles to work on with beeswax, crayon wax, a little acrylic paint, and some earthy tone paper pieces received in the recent 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 paper stash swap. Lastly, I added words as part of a Prayer Flag made by Drew and also serves as one of  Peace Paper’s Icons:

love on earth

praise the lives of all

and let me deliver

the aid of humanity

to offer persistent

hope and trust

My next step is to attach a wooden dowl rod & twine across the top so it can hopefully be displayed as a wall hanging.

Margaret, Drew, and I are looking forward to spending time at this year’s BATA Symposium presenting about Peace Paper and exploring the variety of ways that the papermaking process can be used for social action, trauma intervention, and within the art therapy setting.  It’s going to be great three days…

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Plain Dealer Spotlights Art Therapy: Art Therapists Help Others Find a Voice

May 12, 2012

I received the above quote as part of a kind note from a co-worker who was leaving our agency this week with the observation that it made her think of me and my work with art therapy.  My co-worker also expressed that this sentiment came through in an article I recently did for the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Today’s Top Jobs after career writer Terri Mrosko invited me to share my work as an art therapist.

I was happy to learn about Terri’s interest in art therapy and the opportunity to promote the field within my local community as one example of what an art therapist does, as well as the educational standards and professional credentialing involved for this career path.

Cleveland Plain Dealer-Today’s Top Jobs

Spotlighting art therapy as a career choice is also significant and timely in Ohio, as legislation for art therapy licensure (SB 205) is currently active in the Senate’s Health, Human Services, and Aging Committee with hopes that the bill will continue to keep moving forward. Legislation for art therapy in the state of Ohio is very important for a number of reasons, one of which is that regulation provides consumers the peace of mind that they are receiving art therapy services from an individual who has obtained the proper educational training and professional standards to practice as an art therapist.  Employers will also know who is appropriately qualified to offer art therapy services.

It would be great to see this achievement for art therapy in Ohio finally happen!

To learn more about SB 205 check out this article and if you (or others you know) live in Ohio, find out how you can help advocate for this legislation through visiting the Buckeye Art Therapy Association website.

Thank you to Terri Mrosko, photographer George Shuba, and the Plain Dealer for putting together a nice piece promoting art therapy- Much gratitude!

BATA Silent Art Auction to Benefit SB 205 | Legislation to License Ohio Art Therapists

September 24, 2011

I just finished a mini painting to be donated for the Buckeye Art Therapy Association’s Silent Art Auction during the organization’s 30th Annual Symposium,  Resiliency & Empathy: The Art of Healing Trauma being held this week on September 30th and October 1, 2011.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit BATA’s Legislative Fund and efforts associated with Senate Bill 205, legislation to license art therapists and the practice of art therapy in the State of Ohio.   Check out this article to learn more about the bill and how to help here.

I can’t wait to see what other art is donated this year for this important event!  If you are attending, don’t forget to bring something to help out the cause!


When the world says, “Give up,”  Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”  ~Author Unknown

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