Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Open Art Making StudioCome out and MAKE ART!

Art Therapy Studio Chicago, Ltd. is offering bi-monthly open studio art making on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7-9pm. Only three sessions left!

November 18- Working small-gratitude- collage, cards
December 2- Found object assemblage
December 16- Transfer image process, decopage

All art materials included. Each night we will introduce a new media to play with. No previous art experience necessary, just a willingness to explore materials and use art to connect with yourself and others!

Monthly 2 sessions for $60
or drop in at $35/night.

Each week group size runs between 6-8 people, open to adolescents and adults. More info can be found at

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gather Holiday Gift For Good Fair

Growing up a Poet

Soup and Song House Concert

About Global Alliance for Africa

Global Alliance for Africa (GAA) transforms the lives of orphans and vulnerable
children affected by the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa by partnering with
grassroots organizations to design and implement innovative economic development
programs that enable families and communities to become self-sufficient. The
organization’s focus on economic opportunity ensures a brighter future for the poorest
and most vulnerable in Africa and provides a solution to the cycle of poverty.

GAA programs include their Microfinance, Community Libraries, and Therapeutic Arts

About the Therapeutic Arts Program

The mission of the Therapeutic Arts Program (TAP) is to provide emotionally and
physically safe spaces where orphaned and vulnerable children and youth are
valued and respected as contributing members of the community, and where
they can use the arts to freely express themselves, be unburdened of whatever
troubles them, learn from each other, gain confidence in their skills and abilities,
and experience a sense of belonging.

This mission is accomplished by collaborating with African artists who have the
interest, sensibilities, and dedication to provide strengths-based therapeutic arts
programs in the local context. Cathy Moon and Angela Lyonsmith, U.S. art
therapists, share their knowledge of basic art therapy and counseling skills
through a series of paraprofessional trainings. African therapeutic artists Sane
and Eunice Wadu, who have been part of the trainings for the last 6 years now
collaborate in providing trainings, enacting a train-the-trainers model. They
contribute their invaluable cultural knowledge in relationship to child rearing
practices, the impact of HIV/AIDS, and arts and health practices in East Africa.
The therapeutic arts program receives ongoing support and oversight from GAA.
If you are interested in traveling to East Africa with Global Alliance for Africa …

Contact Linda Stolz, Director of Programs for GAA:

For trips related to the Therapeutic Arts Program, you can also contact Cathy
Moon, GAA consultant and Program Director for the Master of Arts in Art
Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago:

Social Intervention

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Congratulations to our SAIC MAAT Alumni, Scheherazade Tillet.

The Bright Promises Foundation awarded her with the Ed Marciniak Bright Star Award at The Arts Club of Chicago on Monday November 3rd, 2014 for her work with adolescent girls and trauma. The Ed Marciniak Bright Star Award is given an individual who shows great motivation, enthusiasm and promise in exemplifying the Foundation’s mission of benefiting disadvantaged children in Illinois.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Director positions

The Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) is seeking nominations for director positions for the ATCB Board, with the two-year term of service beginning January 1, 2016. Please see the Nomination information packet for more information. Please review the guidelines and process and consider nominating yourself or a colleague, provided the nominee is board-certified (ATR-BC). The deadline for nominations is January 5, 2015.

Keep in mind that once a candidate has been vetted by the Nominating Committee, it is not a guarantee that the art therapist will be appointed as Director. The ATCB Board of Directors is a working board which also oversees committee work. To that end, the Board sincerely hopes that any nominee—whether or not appointed, and anyone receiving this letter, will consider volunteering on an ATCB committee to improve our mission: "to protect the public by promoting the competent and ethical practice of art therapy through the credentialing of art therapy professionals."

The Art Therapy Credentials Board

Direct link:

Want to travel? 

Global Alliance for Africa - Therapeutic Arts Program - Tanzania and KenyaMay 5-25, 2015

Join art therapist Cathy Moon and Global Alliance for Africa’s Programs Director, Linda Stolz for a trip to Kenya and Tanzania to contribute to the development of the Therapeutic Arts Program (TAP). We will travel with our African partners and trainees to Naivasha, Kenya, the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, and Bagamoyo, Tanzania where TAP paraprofessional therapeutic artists provide psychosocial care for orphans and vulnerable children. Through cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary workshops and dialogues we will aim to advance the ongoing development of site-specific TAP services, and to enrich the cross-cultural knowledge, awareness, and practices of all participants.

The primary emphasis of the trip will be on TAP trainings, but we will also offer workshops for children and youth, and experience the arts and culture of these countries through visits to local markets, galleries and events. An optional safari also will be available at the end of the trip (with a return date of May 27). 

Costs, application, and deposit deadline
Cost of trip: $4800 (includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. to East Africa,  accommodations, most meals, and travel within Africa
Optional safari: $300-$400 (exact price determined by number of participants)
Application and $1000 non-refundable deposit due November 18

For more information or to request application, contact: 
Cathy Moon,
Linda Stolz, GAA Programs Director,