Sunday, March 10, 2013

SAIC MAAT Symposium...

SAIC Art Therapy Department presents...

Territories of Encounter: The Art Therapy Assemblage
a symposium on interdisciplinary, community-based arts practices

Sunday, March 24, 9:30am-4:30pm
Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave. 


FOR ADVANCE REGISTRATION: No matter if you are 

paying in advance or at the door (SAIC students included), 

please complete the "Registration Form" to select your 

preferred AM and PM breakout sessions. 

Free for SAIC students and faculty.  

Discounted Advance payment (by check ONLY): 

$35 non-SAIC students with i.d. / $45 all others

Print and Mail registration form and check to: 

Art Therapy Department

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

37 S. Wabash Ave.

Chicago, IL 60603

Registration/payment at the door (by check or credit card 


$40 non-SAIC students, $50 all others

Registration begins at 8:45am

Morning coffee/tea provided; lunch available for purchase

Free CEUs for counselors! 
8:45 - 9:30   Registration
9:30 - 9:45   Welcome and introductions; coffee, tea and pastries available
9:45-11:00   Keynote (plenary session)
11:15-12:30 Break-out sessions 
12:30-1:45   Lunch break (Lunch not provided, available for purchase)
1:45-3:00     Break-out sessions
3:15-4:30     Panel


Territories of Encounter: The Art Therapy Assemblage
Pamela Whitaker works with communities of children and adults to create indoor and outdoor environments, which offer opportunities for engagement. These environments can be thought of as shelters, habitats, art studios, or scenes for events. Her ideas regarding re-shaping space, and assembling new territories for both retreat and encounter, are inspired by installation art, land art, guerrilla art, and performance art. She will talk about how the ideas of philosopher Gilles Deleuze and psychiatrist Felix Guattari have become integrated into her approach to art therapy on a community level. 

Break-out sessions:
AM SESSIONS 11:15am – 12:30pm

Habitus: Shaping Public and Private Space
Pamela Whitaker
In this presentation, Pamela will invite participants to engage with the architecture of the built environment to design enclosed spaces that coincide with open public areas. These enclosures will utilize fiber art ingredients, words, and participants' physical presence to build both a place apart and a site to explore the ecology of everyday happenings.
  • Describe how to incorporate site-specific installation art into a therapeutic agenda, whereby re-shaping public space becomes an expressive act of personal becoming.
  • Demonstrate the ability to include within their therapeutic practice the making of studio environments, which encourage experimentation, enactment, and words as art materials.
  • Articulate how to utilize assemblages as therapeutic art forms, which transform perceptions of personal identity, social surroundings, and interactions amongst gatherings of people.
From Personal Healing to Political Change: The Role of the Arts in the Lives of Women Veterans 
Suellen Semekoski, Jessica Rose, Emily Siefken, and Callandra Tapp      
This presentation by one art therapist and three veterans will address the role of the arts (art, dance, written/spoken word, and theater) in fostering veterans’ reintegration into civilian life and in cultivating civilian allies. The continuum of art therapy to cultural arts programming and social movements will be examined in light of their impact on the mental health and wellbeing of women. 
  • Cite at least three examples of veterans’ artistic initiatives on the continuum from the personal to the political.   
  • Identify at least three issues particular to the mental health and well-being of women veterans.  
  • Articulate the role of art in addressing the "moral injury" of war.
With or Without You:  Exploring the Spectrum of Citizen Participation                                                                           
Andres L. Hernandez                                                           
This interactive workshop will explore the spectrum of youth and adult participation in arts-centered, community (re)building activities.  Through a critique of common models of citizen participation in the arts, workshop participants will carefully examine issues of power, and consider the potential of an organizing-oriented framework for creative practice with communities.
  • Articulate the different gradations of citizen participation identified within   Sherry Arnstein’s and Roger Hart’s “ladder” models.
  • Explain the central differences between "service-oriented" and "organizing   oriented" frameworks for creative practice with communities.
  • Identify at least three examples of arts-centered, community building projects grounded within an organizing-oriented framework.
Art Therapists as Culture Makers Within Disability Community
Sandie Yi
This workshop provides social justice based strategies for building a disability culture through the role of the art therapist in non-psychotherapeutic settings. The workshop will cover practical implications of creating an accessible studio experience and using art as an agent of community building and social change. This workshop is for art therapists interested in complementary roles as activists and culture makers.
  • Cite at least three resources for providing accessible art studio practices for participants from the disability community.
  • Describe at least three creative strategies for working with people with disabilities in non-psychotherapeutic settings.
  • Articulate the role of art and art therapists in addressing both individual and collective disability issues.
PM SESSIONS 1:45pm – 3:00pm
Self-Care and Healing Justice 
Sangheeta Ravichandran
This is an interactive, popular education-style arts- and body-based exploration of self-care and healing justice. Participants will collectively define self-care and healing justice, learn about the implications and importance of incorporating self-care into their practices, and be introduced to an example curriculum. Expect to have fun and walk away with tools you can use to create your own self-care and healing justice curriculum. 
  • Define self-care from a healing justice perspective
  • Describe at least three characteristics of arts- and body-based self-care and community care
  • Identify at least three ways to incorporate self-care into one’s own practice 
Transgender Identities: Risks and Rewards of Challenging Norms
Lex Lawson and Iu-Luen Jeng
This presentation provides an overview of identities and experiences for trans* people living in Western culture. During this workshop basic terms and cultural context are presented, the effects of systemic oppression are explored, strategies for therapists and ways to be an ally are discussed. The workshop will include small groups, activities, handouts for participants, and examples of the creative process of identity exploration. 
  • Define basic terminology of trans* and queer identities. 
  • Articulate, through an intersectional framework, an understanding of ways transphobia impacts people who are gender non-conforming. 
  • Identify concrete tools for allies and therapists to decrease the effects of transphobia. 
Touching the Spirit and Essence of Grief and Loss Through Art
Barbe Creigh and Emily MacArthur
Explore grief and loss from a theoretical and experiential perspective.  A   review of the multi-dimensional manifestations of grief will be presented. In addition, key components of the differentiation of normal grief and complicated grief will be addressed along with key interventions. The role of art for facilitating the grief process will be articulated both through clinical examples and an experiential component. 
  • Identify at least two theories of grief and loss.
  • Differentiate grief from clinical depression
  • Articulate the role of art in processing grief

                               Inhabiting Systems: Operations in Mixed Reality                                       
                               Mark Jeffery
Participants in this performance art workshop will generate action, movement and text by working with historical, personal and virtual data in the location of the symposium via live data streams. The workshop will be generative, combining developing material individually as well as collaboratively. We will consider how to map the body with fragments we generate together, how we assemble these, and what the encounters are that we see and don’t see in the current 21st century mixed reality culture we now occupy.
  • Describe a structure for creating performance elements from both personal and collective data 
  • Articulate the relevance of performance to mixed reality culture 
  • Identify at least one impact of performance on the participating performer

PANEL 3:15pm – 4:30pm
Art, Social Change and the Public sphere
Moderator: Savneet Talwar
The “public sphere” is a site where social meaning is generated, circulated, contested and reconstructed. This panel takes an interdisciplinary approach to unpack the “public sphere” as a space for critical dialogue, art practice, and activism though the lenses of performance, art education, disability studies and art therapy.  

CONGRATS...SAIC Wellness Center Student Support Network Grants Winners! Of the five winners, three are Art Therapy students or faculty. 

Story of a Rape Survivor (SOARS) by A Long Walk Home (ALWH), proposed by SPEAK: Empowering Students to Use Their Voice, an SAIC Student Group coordinated by Johannil Napoleon (art therapy student), Catherine Moon (art therapy faculty), Jennifer Lindsay (staff), and Kerry Slickmeyer (staff), is a multimedia performance about the healing journey of two sisters and the impact sexual violence had on their lives. ALWH is a nationally renowned organization cofounded by SAIC alumna Scheherazade Tillet, MAAT.

Building Community and Wellness at SAIC: Sand tray Experientials Between Students and Their Graduate Peers, proposed by Lindsay Brock Coulter (student), Valerie St. Germain (staff), and Deborah DelSignore (faculty), will allow students to create a sand tray world of their choosing, which will encourage play that will allow students to experience levity while at the same time aiding problem solving, communication, and understanding of one's own identity.

Building a Toolbox for Nonviolent Living, proposed by Suellen Semekoski (faculty), Cheeyon Cha (staff), and Greg Broseus (student), is a series of nonviolence training workshops that will provide students with new ways to meaningfully connect cross-culturally with other students based on the shared values of nonviolence, creativity, and compassionate living.


Mount Mary College Art Therapy Spring Symposium

"POIESIS: Making, Transforming, Healing"

April 19, 2013

Featuring a keynote presentation by:

stephen k levine
Stephen K. Levine, Ph.D., D.S.Sc., REAT, adjunct faculty in Expressive Arts Therapy is professor emeritus of York University (Toronto), vice-rector and dean of the Doctoral Program in Expressive Arts at the European Graduate School (Switzerland), and co-director of ISIS-Canada, a three-year training program in expressive arts therapy. His publications include Song the Only Victory: Poetry Against WarPrinciples and Practice of Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward a Therapeutic Aesthetics (with Paolo J. Knill and Ellen Levine), Poiesis: The Language of Psychology and the Speech of the Soul, and Trauma,Tragedy, Therapy: The Arts and Human Suffering.

Schedule - 

Descriptions of breakout sessions and information on individual presenters can be found in 

the informational program brochure.
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.Registration
8:45 a.m – 9:00 a.m.Welcome and opening remarks
12:15 p.m – 1:30 p.m.Lunch and book browsing opportunity
5:30 p.m – 7:00 p.m.Dinner on your own
7:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m.Performance Art
9:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m.Wine and cheese reception
Register by mail only by Monday, April 9, 2012. Print the registration form and mail with payment to:
Mount Mary College
Art Therapy Program
2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway
Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597

March 17, 2013 |7:30pm

Victory Gardens Theater’s Access Project Presents:
by Kaite O'Reilly     directed by Sandy Shinner
a play reading as part of the International Voices Project

Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL

Ticket: FREE, please RSVP by email <>
Tickets: 773.871.3000
TTY: 773.871.0682

For Gwennan, it's always 1985. The face in the mirror is unfamiliar and there's a strange man at the door claiming to be her husband. Joe's past is coming undone and his partner, Sarah, fears she will be forgotten. What happens when you're ambushed by time - your memories deleting, relationships erasing? The play focuses on those who have survived Traumatic Brain Injury, informed by a Disability perspective.

Kaite O'Reilly is an award-winning playwright and poet (Peggy Ramsay Award, Manchester Evening News Best Play of 2004, International Susan Smith Blackburn Award 2009, Ted Hughes Award for New Works in Poetry 2011), a recipient of two Unlimited Commissions, part of the Cultural Olympiad for the London Olympics (for In Water I'm Weightless and Leaner, Faster, Stronger) and a Fellow of International Research Centre "Interweaving Performance Cultures", Freie Universitaet, Berlin.

Sign Language interpretation will be provided for both pre and post show; captioning will be provided during the show. Victory Garden Theater is proud to be an accessible theater.

What is Crip Slam?
Part of the Victory Gardens Access Project, Crip Slam is a series of performances, readings, movies and other events that promote, explore and celebrate disability culture. The series was launched in 2005 as Disability Culture Sundays. In its second year, Access Project participants re-named the series to the more provocative Crip Slam in order to generate attention and discussion.

More about Access Project...

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