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Art as Empowerment:
​The Virtue of Art Therapy

Ann Lawton | TEDxUW RiverFalls 
16 minutes that will remind us why and how a creative outlet allows us to heal, to reframe, to transform, and to relate.

Can Art be Medicine?
Whether through expressive writing, music, movement or visual media, all the arts are able to change people’s perspectives, moods, relationships and overall health. As we study the science of creative expression as a path to healing, and put it into action through our initiatives, we also work toward broadening awareness of the power of art to discover, explore and share what is most important to us as individuals and ultimately through that process, to heal. In that spirit, we offer real stories of hope, healing, and possibility to engage both those who seek health, and those who seek to help.

Credit:  Foundation of Art & Healing

Edythe's Story:  Much More Than Another Pretty Face

Edythe Hughes is a New York City-based artist and fashion model. In this video she shares with us how expressing yourself through art is liberating because, “You are the boss; there are no rules.”

Focusing Oriented Art Therapy, and Clearing a Space with Art   -   Dr. Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., MFT, REAT, ATR-BC

Though it’s a relatively new approach to mental health treatment, art therapy is gaining traction and making a difference in people’s lives.

Portraits of Hope

In 1995, Ed Massey and Bernie Massey founded Portraits of Hope, continuing their utilization of art and poignant visual imagery for large-scale projects of social consequence. 

Developed initially for seriously ill and physically disabled children, the 501 (c)(3) program conceives and develops one-of-a-kind motivational art projects that merge the production of dynamic public art works with creative therapy for hospitalized children and civic education for students of all ages.

Portraits of Hope’s core education program focuses on social issues education. Through their participation in Portraits of Hope, students of all ages engage in interdisciplinary sessions in which they learn about, discuss, and express themselves about important current affairs, civic issues, individual and social responsibilities, goals and achievement, and -- the power of teamwork.

In Portraits of Hope school sessions, students integrate their writing, oral and visual presentation skills to express themselves about those individual and societal issues most important to them. As a group, the students evaluate the importance of 14 contemporary issues inclusive of the environment, education, senior care, national security, ethnic relations, healthcare, women's equality, medical research, foreign aid, poverty, and animal rights.

In this half-hour television interview program by the Oregon Humanities Center at the University of OregonLinda Chapman, MA, ATR-BC, and Director of Art Therapy Institute of the Redwoods, defines art therapy, relates her own experience getting started in the field, and discusses how creative expression in a therapeutic setting can help victims of violence and trauma. Chapman gave a talk titled "The Neurobiology of Violence and Healing with Art Therapy" on April 12, 2012 as the 2011-12 O'Fallon Lecturer at Univ of Oregon.

We acknowledge with sadness that Linda's home was destr0yed in a Mendocino County wildfire in Northern California in October 2017.  Her studio survived.

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