All Together Now: Using Art to Foster Empathy, Build Bridges, and Shift Public Consciousness on Difference Presented by Brittney Washington, ATR A Continuing Education Event
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 from 1-5pm
This workshop is intended to help reimagine how art therapists and other mental health professionals can design social spaces that resist divisiveness and, instead, foster empathy, encourage transformative connection between folks, and shift public consciousness toward intersectional inclusion and equity. Participants will explore the marriage of social art-making, culturally-responsive art therapy practice, and popular education theory. We will pay homage to past artists, healers, and storytellers, and unpack their lessons on how art has been used historically to help generations speak, heal, resist, and persist. We will discuss contemporary examples of art-making for fostering cross-cultural empathy, and learn how to implement anti-oppression lens for our work. Throughout the day, participants will engage in a dialogue and experientially-rich process and be encouraged to develop their own methods and directives for building bridges across difference.
When: Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 from 1-5pm Where: Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington, 7700 Little River Turnpike, 406, Annandale, VA 22003 Cost: $35 for members; $50 for non-members. Payments may be made in cash or check.
4 CE hours will be awarded for attendees. Certificates will be provided at the event.
1. Participants will be able to list two arts-based strategies for facilitating relationship-building between clients seeking mental health treatment and/or participants in community art directives.
2. Participants will be able to cite two examples of art-making used for fostering cross-cultural empathy in community and/or mental health settings.
3. Participants will be able to list two reasons that creative arts therapy professionals would adopt an intersectional lens when working with clients seeking mental health treatment and when planning community directives.
Brittney Washington, ATR is a Washington, DC-based art therapist, teaching artist, racial equity consultant, and past chair of the AATA Multicultural Committee. Brittney's work is informed by years of experience in non-profit program management, the study and application of community organizing principles, and a commitment to racial equity and anti-oppression work. Her approach includes prioritizing individual and community healing, creating opportunities for transformative relationship building and accountability, elevating anti-oppression discourse and strategy, and seeking to understand the capacity of art to shape meaning and shift power. Brittney currently works as the Senior Art Therapist for Miriam's Kitchen where she has co-created Studio 4 Change, a program designed to help adults experiencing chronic homelessness build power, take collective action, and use visual arts campaigns to influence housing and social policies. When not working, Brittney enjoys camping, dancing with her eight year-old daughter, and talking to her cat, Selena.
*The Potomac Art Therapy Association (PATA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6500. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Potomac Art Therapy Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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