The one thing you have that nobody else has is your story

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Services for Seniors

Posted on February 17, 2017

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If you know of someone who could benefit from creating art stories with us, please utilize this brochure by handing out to residents in your community, as well as families who have loved ones struggling with complex age-related issues:

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Bringing Art to Life–an article for Art Therapy Today

Posted on May 8, 2016

It was a joy to write this article for Art Therapy Today!

To read the full text, click here: Bringing Art to Life through Storytelling

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To read the full text, click here: Bringing Art to Life through Storytelling

 

Magazine Heads

Posted on May 4, 2016

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Made by seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It’s a great exercise in creativity and story telling. This project is also a good assessment to see where an individual is at in regards to constructing a figure and remembering body parts.

Stories; fragile, yet outlasting

Posted on May 1, 2016

“Stories, like people and butterflies and songbirds’ eggs and human hearts and dreams, are also fragile things, made up of nothing stronger or more lasting than twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks. Or they are words on the air, composed of sounds and ideas–abstract, invisible gone once they’ve been spoken–and what could be more frail than that? But some stories, small, simple ones about setting out on adventures or people doing wonders, tales of miracles and monsters, have outlasted all the people who told them, and some of them have outlasted the lands in which they were created.”

–Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things

Art Therapy at the Burkett Center

Posted on April 27, 2016

In 2010, I served as the Art Therapist at the Burkett Center for about 3 years during their seasonal annual programming. The kids were precious and our work together involved developing interpersonal skills, relaxation techniques, and increasing their quality of life through sensory stimulus and hand over hand techniques. This video captures aspects of the programming. I hope you enjoy the video produced by VSA Alabama, the former state-wide organization on arts and disabilities serving both children and adults with disabilities and chronic illness through the arts (www.vsaalabama.org).

City Scene fabric collage

Posted on April 13, 2016

Birmingham’s Iron Man, Vulcan, overlooks the city at night.  Made with loving hands by some of my seniors with Alzheimer’s in Alabama. They all participated with their abilities; ripping fabric, painting, gluing, cutting… this is truly a collaborative piece. Participants had so many stories to share about the city they call home and love. I am honored to listen.

Buzzing Around

Posted on March 4, 2015

I have a memory of the very first time a bee stung me. I was about 5 and playing on a playground in my bare feet. I stepped on a bee and… OUCH!

I’m not sure how this painting was started. Honestly, it was a painting that had been initiated years ago by another art therapist, and I came across it hiding under a pile of things in the art closet. After our group worked on it, It looks entirely different now.

A participant told a story of how his Dad kept bees, and one day he made the poor decision to investigate–resulting in many, many bee stings. Others told stories of their own encounters with bees. And while we were story-telling, we passed the canvas around, each participant dipping their thumb in yellow paint to make a bee on the canvas.

In the end, participants all loved how their painting turned out… even if it did evoke memories of being stung!