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Sponsored by The Creativity Commons, The Global Center and the Institute for Arts and Health at Lesley UniversityYou are invited to join us for The Global Arts Series, featuring arts based approaches initiated by Lesley University faculty and other international experts. In the global society in which we live, the arts open pathways to understanding and communication between peoples. In addition, the arts are channels for creativity and celebration, mitigate the effects of stress and trauma and are known to facilitate innovative spaces for emotional release. The arts can provide people a tangible result for their efforts in a relative short time, actions that can take place through individual or collective effort. Join us to circumnavigate the globe using the arts as our compass for exploration!Art and Music Therapy in MyanmarPresented by Elana Lakh, MA ATRWednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 from 12-1:30pmMyanmar is located in South-East Asia, and was ruled by a military dictatorship for the past 50 years. During the last 20 years, Myanmar was sanctioned and boycotted by the west because of various human rights violations and the rule of the Junta regime. During these 50 years of the military regime, Myanmar suffered from lack of development in all life domains, including education, health and community development. The people of Myanmar suffered a great deal of trauma due to wars, inner conflicts between minorities and the government, natural disasters and the lack of facilities and services. The field of psychotherapy practically does not exist in Myanmar, but the people have a very strong connection to the arts, which is a natural healing resource for them. This presentation will describe a training program conducted by two Israeli therapists in Myanmar, using art, music, drama and movement. The participants of the training were NGO volunteers and employees from the Kachin ethnic minority, who work with inner displaced people in refugee camps in their communities. The Vienna ProjectPresented by Professor Karen Frostig, PhDMonday, Oct. 7, 2013 from 6:30-8pmThe Vienna Project is a new social action Holocaust memorial project. Slated to begin in October of 2013 and conclude in May of 2014, the project is to be situated on the streets of Vienna, Austria and along the Danube Canal. The Vienna Project will be the first public art memorial of this kind in Europe and the first public naming memorial in Vienna to symbolically represent, in a differentiated format, the multiple groups of persecuted victims of National Socialism, while also naming individual victims and dissidents on record within a given country, murdered between 1938-1945. Forging a dynamic relationship between different disciplines: art, video, new technologies, typography, web design, street theater, sound art, history, archival research, and Holocaust education, The Vienna Project is envisioned as a “living” memorial based on a participatory model of engagement.16 Photographs At OhrdrufPresented by Professor Matthew Nash, MFAWednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 from 1:00-2:30pmThis presentation documents the journey of one grandson, trying to understand the brutal and terrible images preserved in sixteen forgotten pictures. In his investigation, Nash offers a voice for anyone who has ever wondered what is hidden from us, and what history might be uncovered in our families if we just ask. In 1991, Donald Johnson died. He was a family man, a grandfather, a veteran, and a medic. Among his possessions were sixteen photographs taken while he was at war. These pictures were a family secret, mentioned only in whispers. Nash's investigation of the photographs leads him to historians who reveal a side of the Holocaust that he had never imagined, and to survivors with heartbreaking stories. In trying to understand his pictures, he eventually focuses on the soldiers who liberated the camps. Nash finds Ralph Rush and hears the amazing and shocking story of the liberation of Ohrdruf concentration camp, the first camp liberated by the Allies. His attempt to understand his grandfather's pictures has brought him face-to-face with the anger, the horror and the guilt that those first young soldiers felt when they encountered the atrocities of the Nazis. Americans in Paris: Two Women and Two WorldsPresented by Professor Martha McKennaTuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 from 5-6:30pmParis has long been a haven for American artists, particularly women artists, who have found their voice and developed their craft in a society supportive of their talents. Two such artists, a century apart, succeeded in developing revolutionary subject matter, style and technique in their printmaking and painting in the creative atmosphere of Paris. In this session, we will explore Mary Cassatt’s series The Ten, scenes of a day in the life of a 19th Century Parisian woman, and Faith Ringgold’s The French Collection, fictional stories placing women and African American in Paris of the 1920’s to celebrate their significant contributions to society. Focusing on the use of narratives, both the narrative described within the work and that of the artist’s life, we will explore Mary Cassatt’s unique subject matter of the everyday life of women and will also examine the meaning and significance of The Ten for its contribution to the history of art and the role of Cassatt in opening doors for women artists in the 20th Century. Just as the Philadelphia artist Mary Cassatt traveled to Paris to find a supportive environment in which to create her art, the New Yorker Faith Ringgold made a similar journey in the 1990s to create The French Collection. Her series of twelve quilts tell the story of a fictional African-American woman who traveled to Paris in the 1920s to develop as an artist and found herself among the great artistic and literary figures of Europe and America. This series of fairy tale quilt stories is a remaking of history, placing African American male and female leaders at the salon of Gloria Stein, the studios of Picasso and Matisse, and the cafes of Paris. The Ten, with its bright colors and playful themes draw our attention to the quilts, yet on a more careful analysis of the images and descriptive text we discover a deeper message. Faith Ringgold reminds us of the critical role of feminists and African American leaders, whose stories have long been overlooked in our society, who finally are celebrated in The French Collection.
Symposium on the Heart and Soul of Psychotherapy: A Transpersonal Approach Through Drama Therapy, Psychodrama, and Transformational TheaterFriday, November 1, 2013.Transpersonal Drama Therapy (TDT) is a unique integration of Drama Therapy, Psychodrama and Transpersonal Psychology. Recognizing the important role that action methods have towards our overall health, prevention and well being, TDT also includes a mindful & spirit-filled component for individual, group and community health. At the “Heart & Soul” of this professional body of work is a rich and deep understanding of how creativity and creative process builds an integrative foundation for healing, change, human development and spiritual practice. This Symposium will feature leading practitioners in the field of TDT, including its founder Saphira Linden. Participants will learn the about the basic principles and experience practical, “mindful”, meditative and integrative transpersonal action methods that can be applied to individual and group therapy and community practice. This symposium will blend lecture and discussion with experiential learning that will be shared from several practitioners.
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