We focus on the timely theme of social justice, with keynote speaker Janis Timm-Bottos, Ph.D., ATR-BC, PT.
Janis is an associate professor of art therapy, and a Provost Fellow for Community Engagement, Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. Janis’ Art Hives Network connects small and regenerative community arts studios together to build solidarity across geographic distances to strengthen and promote the benefits of these inclusive, hospitable spaces across Canada and throughout the world. These spaces create opportunities for dialog, skill sharing, and art making among people of diverse socio-economic backgrounds, ages, religions, cultures and abilities.
Beyond a counseling or psychotherapy practice, the future of art therapy demands a new type of creativity, solidarity, and social inclusion. This viewpoint explores the art therapy profession and the role of educational practices to envision change in uncertain times. Art therapists have the ability to offer expertise in the serious dilemmas facing humanity. In order to do so, art therapists need to learn to tolerate the messy margins of participatory experimentation, expanding conventional ways of practicing art therapy.
Art Hives locations Most Art Hives are in Canada - some are in the US - but there are none in California (yet)!
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