• <a href="/live/image/gid/635/width/650/86600_83295_cynee_tightlywound-homecrop.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image86600"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/635/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/86600_83295_cynee_tightlywound-homecrop.rev.1610146544.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/635/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/86600_83295_cynee_tightlywound-homecrop.rev.1610146544.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/635/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/86600_83295_cynee_tightlywound-homecrop.rev.1610146544.jpg" alt="From the 2020 capstone presentations: Tightly Wound by Cynee G. Read Cynee?s artist statement and..." width="1440" height="690" data-max-w="1600" data-max-h="470" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-full_image_caption collapsable-caption"> From the 2020 capstone presentations: <em>Tightly Wound</em> by Cynee G. Read Cynee’s artist statement and learn more about her work in the <a href="/live/profiles/12609-cynee-g">full gallery</a>.</div>

Art Therapy

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories, and techniques.

  • “As an art therapist, transparency and genuine adherence to self-reflection require an understanding of the implied freedoms to make choices that otherwise remain elusive to people of color and marginalized communities.”

    Kathleen Steele-Puma
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  • “Art has healed me, and I have seen it heal others who came in contact with it. I believe art is something that everyone needs to help them heal.”

    Candy Heishman
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  • “I see social justice as active efforts to work towards less of a gap between the concern for profit and concern for people, no matter who they are or where they come from.”

    Matthew Eveleigh
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