Carole Karemera – healing social trauma through the arts

The main part of our conversation is dedicated to Carole’s description of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and especially, the role that women played in the genocide. Carole then recounts for us the courageous journey of women in the arts in Rwanda, who picked up the task of listening carefully to the needs of their society and the daunting process of reworking their historical “heritage”, the social trauma of genocide together with perpetrators and victims and the new generations.

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Newtown Elementary School Shooting Benefit: Artist Donates Work To Help Victims

Jeremy Collins Sandy Hook Art for Healing and Consolation

The tragic events that occurred on December 14 at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn., ended 26 lives and left the entire nation confused, angry and anxious. Artist Jeremy Collins reacted by channeling his complex emotions and desire to help into a two-color sketch conveying the massive community of friends, community members and absolute strangers willing to send their prayers and support to the victims.

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Music in the Recovery of Rep. Giffords

Music offers another pathway back to language. By associating relearned words with rhythm and melody, the victim of a serious brain injury can become conversant again. This process involves strengthening pathways used less frequently during the brain’s normal function. Yet with the major pathways of language and speech damaged, these smaller pathways must become “super-highways”, in the words of doctors in the field. Music therapy has become the most effective way to do this.

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How the Arts Helped Us Through the September 11 Tragedy

In late July 2001, Americans for the Arts held its annual conference in New York City. It was the biggest gathering we had ever had, some 1,600 leaders from the local arts agency and state arts agency worlds, including not only members of Americans for the Arts but also the National Assembly of State Arts […]

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This Friday Evening: Important Double-Header in Southern Oregon Art!

Tomorrow evening’s double header promises to be a delight for Southern Oregon art lovers! First comes the Fourth Friday Art Amble from 5-7 pm in charming downtown Jacksonville, with new artists and venues participating this month. Then the Annual Benefit Art Show and Auction at Veranda Park, with art from the artists of the Studio at Living Opportunities and the kids of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County. Take a stroll, taste some wine, sample some appetizers and meet distinguished and emerging area talent and get an eyeful of art…then take some home with you too!

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GROWING THE PROFESSION: THE ART THERAPY CREDENTIALS BOARDS PERSPECTIVE – PART I

What are all those letters after your name? is a frequent question I am asked, to which I often jest I have more letters after my name than in it. In a long-overdue, two-part installment of the blog, I will not only explain what all those letters mean, but also convey some significant changes that […]

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Arts in Healthcare: Creativity for the Health of It

Do the arts really make a difference in health and wellness? Artists, architects, creative arts therapists, doctors, and art curators think so; this week they joined other grassroots advocates to state their case to Congress on National Arts Advocacy D…

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Arts in Healthcare: Creativity for the Health of It

Do the arts really make a difference in health and wellness? Artists, architects, creative arts therapists, doctors, and art curators think so; this week they joined other grassroots advocates to state their case to Congress on National Arts Advocacy D…

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #8: Mask Making

Masks are worn for performance, entertainment, disguise, concealment, or protection. They have been around since ancient times and have been used in ceremony, storytelling, and dramatic enactment. Making a mask invites you to explore the persona you re…

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The Ten Coolest Art Therapy Interventions

I’m taking a cue from Ryan Howes’ Top Ten Coolest Therapy Interventions to demystify just what art therapy is and some of the tools of the trade.  Primary Topic:  Media read more

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