"Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma, or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal development. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art." ~ American Art Therapy Association
Art therapy and Art education are great ways to reach children to improve their cognitive, perceptual, social and emotional development and to improve their creative problem-solving skills, provide creative self-expression, and decrease stress levels (which leads to improvement in other areas).
I am developing an art therapy and art education program for children and adolescents and I need some help to build this program. I currently travel to clients homes for art therapy and art education services, but I would be able to serve more families if I had an office / studio space. I would be able to include group services, workshops, and art classes for toddlers, elementary age kids, and adolescents. Given the chance, I would also love to provide family art classes, art therapy sessions, and workshops. Individual services are paid for by the clients, but I could use a boost to get a studio space up and running. The funds raised for the art therapy program will help purchase art supplies, cover office / studio costs, and add to a financial assistance scholarship program for art therapy services. The possibilities are very exciting - I am saving a percentage of my income to help build this program, but I need more help from you to make it happen.
Here are 3 ways that you can help support my art therapy for children and adolescents program (and receive your own benefits at the same time):
Art Collectors: purchase art for yourself or as a gift and 5% of profit helps support art therapy services for a child or adolescent in need. For purchases totally USD 1000.00 or more the percentage donated to the art therapy program doubles to 10% and I will pay your shipping costs. You receive one of a kind art and the great feeling knowing you are making a difference for kids through art. This offer includes commissioned work, follow this link for details on ordering a custom piece of fiber art. Follow this link to purchase from my Etsy shop (my new website shop is currently being programmed and should be ready around the end of April 2014).
Artists and Art Therapists: become a member of my online art workshop center and 5% of your annual membership fee will benefit the art therapy program. Also, purchase any "goodie bags" or kits and 5% is given to the program. Follow this link for more information and to join the workshops. You receive all the workshops (.pdf files, videos, and private forum), the community, the inspiration and support, and the the great feeling knowing you're helping kids and families through art.
Everyone: donate to the Art Therapy program and 100% of your donation supports the art therapy for children and adolescents program. You receive the great feeling knowing you are helping kids through art.