Thursday, December 4, 2014



On behalf of Mental Health America of Illinois (MHAI): presentation The Use of Art in Treatment

MHAI is a public education and advocacy organization whose mission is to promote mental health, work for the prevention of mental illnesses and improve care and treatment for persons suffering from mental and emotional disorders.

Our Mental Health Empowerment Project (MHEP) expands MHAI’s public education efforts and connects the community with learning and networking opportunities, including the availability of free CEUs for counselors and social workers. The goal of MHEP is to provide mental health and other providers with the most up-to-date information and tools to successfully treat their clients, as well as to empower consumers to live successful and productive lives.

The next MHEP presentation is “The Use of Art in Treatment: From an Art Therapy Perspective“ and will be conducted by Marni Rosen, PsyD and Art Therapist. The presentation is on February 26th, from 9:30am-11:30am, at our location on 70. East Lake St., Chicago, IL.

Following is a link that includes the formal invitation and registration link.

For more information about MHAI, please visit

Hear the Story Behind Honoring Our Heartbeats:A Tour to End Forced Marriage in the U.S

The authors tell their story

RSVP Today

RSVP today for three powerful events in Chicago fromJan. 21-23 to spark open and honest dialogue about forced marriage in the United States. You don't want to miss the fifth stop on our six-city tour inspired by “Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project,” a comic book written by six young South Asian women celebrating resiliency in the face of violence.

Did we mention? No entrance fees required!


Geared toward policy makers, foundation officers, the legal community, and allies who want to learn more about efforts to end forced marriage.
Lunch provided.

12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. | Wednesday | Jan. 21
Mayer Brown LLP | 71 S. Wacker Drive

Open to service providers who would like to learn how to identify and respond to individuals facing or fleeing forced marriage. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Program starts promptly at 1 p.m.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Thursday | Jan. 22
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
55 E. Jackson Blvd. | Suite 2075

Open to all, the community forum will kick off with the play "When We Leave" and the film "Caged" by the authors of the comic book, "Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project," which inspired the six-city "Heartbeats Tour." The performance will be followed by a Q&A session and a reception. Complimentary copies of the "Heartbeats" book will be available. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Program begins promptly at noon.

12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Friday | Jan. 23
UIC Student Center East
750 S. Halsted St. #100 | 329 Cardinal Room

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Open Art Making Studio

Come out and MAKE ART!

Now is your chance to create a unique handmade item for the holidays in one of these two workshops!
December 2- Found object assemblage
December 16- Transfer image process, decoupage

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.
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
Sign up now for the next Meditative Open Studio Art Making session to be held on January 2nd 7-10pm

Support local artists! This Friday, December 5th Art Therapy Studio Chicago will be hosting a variety of artists from the Illinois Art Therapy Association, selling their artwork for the holidays. Come out and get started on your holiday shopping with some handmade art!

Featuring the artworks of MAAT Alumni: Karen Parision &Patrick Morrissey!

Saturday, December 13, 2014
7:00pm-12:00am Open House

2000 W Fulton Street Collective
Chicago, IL 60612
Suggested donation: $10

Fulton Street Collective is pleased to announce our 2014 Winter Open House. Guests are invited to tour the studios, meet the artists, and enjoy an evening immersed in local art, music and performance. The event will be held on Saturday, December 13, 7pm – Midnight at their gallery and studios at 2000 W Fulton Street, (Fulton and Damen) in Chicago. A suggested donation of $10 directly supports the cost of materials and programming.

Twice a year, the Fulton Street Collective opens its doors to the public to showcase the members’ artwork, the mission of the collective, and the work o...f their partner organizations. FSC supporters and new visitors alike are invited to enjoy art, music and beverages while supporting Chicago’s vibrant and innovative visual art scene. The event offers a unique opportunity for guests to experience a behind-the-scenes look inside the studios of local artists working in a range of media. A program of live music, dance, and performance art will complement the visual art exhibition.

Fulton Street Collective is organizing a powerful roster of artists, musicians, and performance groups to participate this year. Entertainment will include live performances on both floors every hour including performances by Laboratory Dancers and Chicago Hoop Dancers. The show will feature a selection of work by FSC members and include painting, printmaking, glass, sculpture, photography, and digital media. Additional exhibitions and installations will occupy shared studio spaces.

EXHIBITING MEMBERS include Dujuan Austin, Gunjan Chawla, Yvonne Doll, Haiba Hamilton, Patrick Morrissey, Charlotte Newman, Kevin O'Rourke, Karen Parisian, Cameron Pfiffner, Christina Sedlemeiar, Jenny Stocker and Rani Young.

PERFORMANCES BY Anna Fermin, Chicago Hoop Dancers, Cameron Pfiffner Group, Laboratory Dancers, Joe Lanasa and more…

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