This presentation will explore the intersection of two concepts: the artist as a therapist and community-based practice. What does it look like in practice to highlight one’s identity as an artist without relinquishing one’s clinical knowledge? What do we mean by community, and how do the arts function to support rather than disrupt the everyday, homegrown practices of health and healing within communities? Who is included by the kinds of practices art therapists offer, and who is left out? How do art therapists become better equipped to foster inclusivity, solidarity, and resilience within art-making spaces? These and other related questions will be explored through interactive lectures, visual dialogues, critically engaged discussions, and collective arts making.
Cathy Moon is a Professor in the Art Therapy Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the author of Studio Art Therapy: Cultivating the Artist Identity in the Art Therapist, and the editor of Materials and Media in Art Therapy: Critical Understandings of Diverse Artistic Vocabularies. Her current practice is focused on cultivating inclusivity and reducing stigmas through community-based art studios in Chicago and supporting the development of therapeutic arts practices in East Africa through co-facilitation of paraprofessional training programs in Kenya and Tanzania.