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  • 22 Feb 2015 7:52 PM | Molly (Mary) Kometiani (Administrator)

    Art therapy allows for stress and anxiety management for families of patients at Akron Children's Hospital.

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    Article written by Cheryl Powell, published in Akron Beacon Journal on 2/6/15

  • 22 Feb 2015 7:42 PM | Molly (Mary) Kometiani (Administrator)

    University Hospital cancer patient Peter Rinaldi uses art for expression, pain management, and procedural support with help from art therapist Stephen Macek. Click to view the complete article:

    Article written by Michael K. McIntyre, published in Plain Dealer on 2/11/15

  • 24 Jan 2015 8:08 AM | Molly (Mary) Kometiani (Administrator)
    While most kids her age were outside savoring the last days of summer before school started, 10-year-old Shannon Stapleton, of Mansfield, was spending her days and nights at Akron Children’s Hospital. - See more at:
    While most kids her age were outside savoring the last days of summer before school started, 10-year-old Shannon Stapleton, of Mansfield, was spending her days and nights at Akron Children’s Hospital. - See more at:

    While Shannon underwent scoliosis surgery at Akron Children's Hospital, she worked with art therapist Molly Kohut as a way to deal with her pain and decorate her hospital room walls.

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    Article written by Laurie Schueler, published in Inside Akron Children's Hospital Blog on 9/3/14

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  • 15 Jul 2014 3:12 PM | Deleted user

    Danielle Klein, a registered art therapist is featured in this article about the work she is doing at the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, OH.

    Ann Marie Raddell is a music therapist who has similar experiences in the classes she teaches at Fine Arts Association and in her work at Lake Health medical centers.

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    Article written by Devon Turchan, published in The News-Herald on 7/8/14

  • 14 Jul 2014 11:24 AM | Deleted user

    Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, Jen Lanza-Linn, LPC-CR, ATR, is highlighted in this news article about her work with the art therapy program at WomenSafe in Geauga County, OH.

    Article written by Betsy Scott and published in the News Herald on 7/3/14. 

  • 26 May 2014 3:43 PM | Deleted user

    Article written by , posted in The Columbus Dispatch  • 

    Featuring Ohio art therapist, Liz Hartz and her work at the Village Network. Village Network is among a growing number of agencies nationwide using a trauma-based therapeutic approach developed by Dr. Bruce Perry and the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston

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  • 22 May 2014 8:41 AM | Deleted user

    Reported by Bob Jones with News 5 NBC in Akron, OH on 5/21/14 

    This story highlights how medical art therapy is benefitting patients at Akron Children's Hospital. A 6 year old girl, Dereon, is shown working with Art Therapy Coordinator, Molly Kohut at bedside.

    Akron Children's Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center will showcase Dereon's art in its open house exhibit on June 6.

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  • 03 May 2014 8:21 AM | Deleted user

    Posted in the News-Herald by John Arthur Hutchison on 5/2/14

    Around 200 pieces of art are on display through the end of May at the show sponsored by the Lake County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board.

    PHOTOS: Expressions of Recovery

    This year marks the 23rd annual show, which is a showcase of work created by area artists who have a brain disorder such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or clinical depression or an addiction. The event is also a way for the ADAMHS board to promote and kick off the celebration of May as Mental Health Month

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  • 21 Apr 2014 11:40 AM | Deleted user

    Published in Pain Pathways magazine, Spring 2014 edition.


    "Tree of Creation" is featured on pp 34-35 and highlights Reverend Kurt Fondriest, Ph.D, MFA, REAT, ATR, CPC. Revered Fondriest shares how he uses his own art process as a form of self expression to heal from with the chronic pain of fibromyalgia. Reverend Fondreist's artwork has also been exhibited in a series of art shows inspired by the Wheel of Life at the Life Force Art Center in Chicago, IL. This theme is warrior and companion.

    "The Old and Prayful"


    Reverend Fondriest writes, "The old and Prayful" reflects on the body being the warrior of age and time. The companion is the act of his hands in the pray posture which signifies his faith has been his companion.

  • 18 Apr 2014 4:07 PM | Deleted user

    Posted April 17, 2014 on Cleveland radio station WCPN


    Tom Schorgl, President and CEO, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture
    Kristen Puch, Director of Research and Advancement, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture
    Joanne Cohen, Executive Director, Cleveland Clinic Art Program
    Jennifer Schwartz-Wright, Executive Director, Art Therapy Studio

    BATA President, Jacky Martin, reviewed the program:

    The radio interview/presentation held this morning, April 17th, on
    Clevelandstation WCPN was informative, educational, and underscored the power of both art and music therapies at hospitals in the  Cleveland area. "Creative Minds in Medicine" is supported through the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cleveland.  

    "The Sound of Ideas" was the title of this broadcast. Jennifer Schwartz Wright, the Executive Director of the community-based Art Therapy Studio in

    Cleveland, participated in this very conscientious and thought-provoking radio program. Jennifer gave a brief and thorough overview of the development of art therapy in Cleveland, citing Dr. George Streeter, MD and psychiatrist as the initiator of the art therapy program at Highland View Hospital in 1967. Jennifer made many succinct and comprehensive statements as to the nature of how art-making is therapeutic. "People have been using art to heal when they started making drawings in the sand," Jennifer said when asked how art therapy evolved. Jennifer emphasized how making art helps so many patients with a multiplicity of diagnoses and health concerns. The individual's art is another voice that can speak when a person has a stroke, serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, or perhaps Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. When asked about the interpretation of an individual's art work, Jennifer replied that is done with the individual, as each person has their own unique mindset of what imagery or symbols may mean to them. Artwork can also give information to the physicians as to how the individual appears to be functioning in several ways.  

    Discussion followed on how public health issues can be addressed through the visual arts. Tom Schorgl, the CEO of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, made reference to the AIDS quilt. That quilt made many people more aware of this illness across the country. Tom also commented on the commercial of several years ago that used scrambled eggs as a visual metaphor for "Your brain on drugs" and how effective that commercial was.

    The benefits of both art and music therapies were enumerated to include how individuals can relax and feel less stress and anxiety, and be distracted in a healthy way while participating; and can also help people to deal more effectively with trauma and transitions in life. There was more discussion on other topics such as the need for more research to demonstrate that art and music therapies are effective treatment strategies, and also the benefits of making art when one is not dealing with illness.

    Directors of arts and art therapy organizations were also on this broadcast, which included the Cleveland Clinic,

    University Hospitals and Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. Several people sent e-mails to the radio station and also called in to the broadcast.

    Thank you, Jennifer, for being such a wonderful and outstanding spokesperson for art therapy.


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