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  • 22 Nov 2008 1:00 AM | Deleted user

    Art therapists took plastic knives, play guns, miniature military men and other toys that represent violence and transformed them into symbols of peace.

    The sculptures that evolved are a project of the American Art Therapy Association's "Piece to Peace Cleveland Project." The association is holding its 39th annual American Art Therapy Conference in Cleveland at the Renaissance until Monday.

    The sculptures that were created were to be unveiled at a reception Friday night at the Lake Erie Artists Gallery in Tower City and then donated to four Cleveland agencies: the Domestic Violence Center of Greater Cleveland, the Latino Domestic Violence Project, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and Boy's Village.

    The Piece to Peace Project was an outgrowth of the associations' art committee goal to bring attention to youth violence while making a connection to the city that hosts the conference.

    Art therapists from across the country collected "violent toys" that represent several themes, including using violence to settle disputes and toys that promote violence as fun.

    The toys were deconstructed and with the guidance of professional sculptors, the art therapists created five works of art.

    One three-foot tall sculpture took the shape of a phoenix, with pink, blue, red and yellow feathers sharing its chicken wire armature with toy soldiers and pieces of plastic guns.

    "It is natural for art therapists to address issues of social concern through creativity, art making and human interaction," said Robin Valicenti, an art therapist from Philadelphia who developed the Piece to Peace Project.

    The American Art Therapy Association is made up of mental health professionals who use art making to help improve individuals' physical, mental and emotional well-being.

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  • 22 Jul 2008 9:30 AM | Deleted user

    Art at the heart of therapy
    Working with clay, watercolors or other media good diversion for mind and body

    By Cheryl Powell
    Beacon Journal medical writer

    Published: July 22, 2008 - 12:12 AM CANTON: Betty Dennis and her daughters are discovering that there's definitely an art to dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

    Shelly Chatterelli of Perry Township works with clay during an art therapy class taught by Karen Elvin July 9 at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. (Paul Tople / Akron Beacon Journal)
    Judy DeHoff of Massillon (right) works with clay in an art therapy class taught by Karen Elvin July 9 at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. (Paul Tople / Akron Beacon Journal

    Karen Elvin teaches an art therapy class at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. (Paul Tople / Akron Beacon Journal)

    Full Article:Art at the heart of therapy - - 2008.pdf 

  • 01 May 2007 9:43 AM | Deleted user

    Some people are like magnets. They draw creative ideas, people, and the resources to establish institutions that create community locally and throughout the world. Such is the power of Mary Kathleen McGraw, more fondly known as Mickie. In 1967 she co-founded The Art Therapy Studio (ATS) at Highland View Rehabilitation Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio (now MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio), along with Dr. George Streeter. First known as the Art Studio, the agency will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2007.

    See full article for  more about Art Therapy Studio and Mickie McGraw.


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