Wednesday, May 2, 2012

MAAT Thesis Night...

Please join the class of 2013 and their faculty for the annual MAAT Thesis Night Friday May 11th, 6-8pm.  Making this celebration of art therapy scholarship even more exciting this year will be the fact that it will be held in the brand new 
LeRoy Neiman Student Center at 37 South Wabash.  
Come by to hear the presentations, see the Center, 
and enjoy the refreshments!

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Have you seen the latest issue of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association?  The lead article is coauthored by MAAT alumna Natalia G√≥mez Carlier and features a book review by MAAT faculty alumna Pat Allen.  And on the cover?  Artwork by MAAT alumna and faculty member Angela Lyonsmith!
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Check out this innovative program at the museum’s Life Long Learning program. The Art in the Moment program is coordinated by MAAT alumna Katie Kiehn!  Do you know someone who might benefit?

Art in the Moment is a unique program designed specifically for older adults and their caregivers and friends to spark creative dialogue and nurture positive interactions.

Together with a trained Council for Jewish Elderly SeniorLife Art Therapist, participants visit the museum galleries to view and discuss renowned works of art and then engage in related art-making projects.

The act of observing, talking about and creating art is an alternative way for older adults, including those with dementia, to communicate, reminisce, reflect on their life experiences and be actively and fully engaged in the present moment with loved ones and caregivers.

Participants will enjoy:
Exploring ideas about art and artists in a renowned museum setting.
Experiencing intellectual stimulation through creative expression.
Participating in meaningful exchanges in a supportive environment.
Making connections in a dynamic group setting using personal experiences.

Caregivers will be able to:
Explore art while the person in their care is safe and engaged.
   • Interact, share experiences and learn from other

Unexpected ArtMay 16, 2012 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Departing from more traditional methods of making art, we will explore the work of artists who dared to express ideas outside the norm. Later, participants will engage in a surprising community art project.

Asian OdysseyJuly 15, 2012 2 – 4:30 p.m.

Explore the Art Institute’s amazing collection of sculptural art from China, Japan and India. Afterwards, participants will explore similar forms and techniques in the studio using clay.

Everyday ExtraordinaryOctober 3, 2012 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Take a second look at a selection of designed objects, furniture and other everyday items that through meticulous craft and creative interpretation have been transformed and elevated to a high art status. Participants will then create a highly useful personal art piece.

Tours are $45 per pair of participants.

All programs take place at the Art Institute of Chicago. Meeting point is the Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing entrance at 159 East Monroe Street.

Prior registration is required. Call 773.508.1117 to register. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.
Tour is wheelchair accessible. Individual listening devices will be provided. The tour will require light walking with periods of rest. Wheelchairs are available, with no reservations required.

All Art in the Moment sessions are facilitated by CJE SeniorLife art therapist Katharine Kiehn, M.A., with collaborative support from staff and volunteers in the Museum Education Department at the Art Institute of Chicago and student volunteers from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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Alumni Rebecca Israilevich and Rhie Cruz are involved in the upcoming show titled “Where the Heart is”.  This event explores home, community, and neighborhood.  Get more details at