Welcome to the Art Therapy Online Roundup where we highlight some of the more popular & interesting stories and websites related to art therapy around the web. We will continue to post art therapy news on twitter as well, but hopefully this proves useful for those of you that prefer blog posts and/or would rather not sign up for something like twitter. If you’d like to see the latest tweets, you can always follow us on twitter (@arttherapy) or visit the site and see the last 5 tweets on the right side of the site as well.
So, to kick off the first Art Therapy Online Roundup, here are some of the more popular stories and websites we have come across recently…
Art Therapy in the News
Fascinating art therapy at DUCTAC – All the way from Dubai, the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC) utilized an art therapy session to help introduce some of the philosophies that art therapy is based.
Creating art for mental health – Centerstone’s “Art of Mental Health” exhibit showcases how some people are finding relief through the hosted art therapy sessions.
Art therapy practitioners seek Ohio recognition – “A lawmaker in Ohio has introduced a bill that would establish minimum standards for training and mandate that any practitioner be licensed, much like a family therapist, marriage counselor or barber.”
An exhibition shows how artwork helps children express feelings. Sometimes you just can’t come up with the words!
Art therapy is good medicine for cancer survivor
“Art therapist Gay Walker’s battle with breast cancer and then uterine cancer eventually would span years and include 10 surgeries. Throughout the struggle, Walker wrote poems, sketched and created visual art to help her cope.”
St. Joseph’s art program proves therapeutic for patients
An art therapy program at the Berkshire Pavilion in St. Joseph’s Medical Center proves beneficial for some patients of the psychiatric hospital.
Lombardi Draws on Art Therapy for Awareness Week
Center’s Art and Humanities Program Highlights Research and Need to Stomp Out Sarcoma
Related Art Therapy Stories & Sites
Different strokes for 12 different folks.
“Each one of artist’s dozen personalities paints a different picture. A talented artist suffering from a rare personality disorder produces 12 different kinds of paintings depending on which personality is ‘in control’. Kim Noble, who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (DID), uses painting as a coping strategy to deal with some of her different personalities.”
Graffiti art: urban rebellion or metrochic? – An exhibit explores graffiti from various angles. The article explores some history of graffiti art, as well as what it might symbolize today.
The Combat Paper Project
“Through papermaking workshops veterans use their uniforms worn in combat to create cathartic works of art. The uniforms are cut up, beat and formed into sheets of paper. Veterans use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniform as art and begin to embrace their experiences as a soldier in war.”
Out of the shadows – A new exhibit sheds some light on the mental illness experience.
Totes with a Cause: Versace Launches Art Unites
“Just when you thought the world didn’t need another tote bag, along comes Donatella Versace with a version that will be hard for anyone with a heart to resist. It’s one new bag purchase that comes guilt-free.”
The Survivor Mural Project: Raising awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault in the global community. If you have experienced any form of sexual violence, you are invited to contribute a piece to the mural project. Each individual piece will be placed into a larger panel, made up of hundreds of mural pieces. The project will be exhibited in their online gallery, and will eventually be put together to form a travelling patchwork mural.
And last, but certainly not least, is Liz Beck. She has one of the best art therapist blogs we’ve seen. And we love her art, so check that out too!