The Art Therapy Access Program is designed to provide
a supportive and creative environment for the participants to develop and
explore their personal narratives through art-making and gallery discussions.
therapy is defined by the American Art Therapy Association as a mental health
profession in which clients, facilitated by a masters-level 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.
The Art Therapy Access Program at the Memphis Brooks Museum
of Art partners with area organizations to provide a multi-visit outreach
program that includes art-making sessions with a registered art therapist,
museum tours, family/caregiver tours, and an exhibition of the resulting
artwork. Partnerships have included organizations such as the Memphis VA
Medical Center, Shelby County Relative Caregiver Program, Shelby County
School’s Day Treatment Program, Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, and Youth
museum received an ArtWorks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to
the program in 2013, and to offer resources to other institutions that might be
considering implementing such programs.
Art Therapy Access Program Resource Guide
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This project is supported in part by an award from the National
Endowment for the Arts
from the Tennessee Arts Commission