This year, exhibitions chair, Christine Nicklos collaborated with program members Katrina Funk & Kelly Baas to create a day of mindfulness, held at Fulton Street Collective on Sunday, November 2nd. We began the day with a free workshop led by Chicago’s reputable Dance Movement Therapist Kris Larsen, who led participants in a powerful one-hour experimental exercise to increase mindfulness through movement and body awareness.
The workshop was followed by an art opening/reception, complete with an array of refreshments. The exhibit was on display at FSC from November 3rd through November 8th and showcased various members of the Illinois art therapy community. Artists expressed what mindfulness meant to them through a range of medium including painting, printmaking altered books, sculpture & interactive art. Among the artists were art therapists, art therapy students, IATA members and a six year old whose mother entered work on behalf of her daughter.
The event was a great success. It helped kindle connection and self-care by bringing the community together for a day of art and movement dedicated to mindfulness.
Christine Nicklos, M.A., LPC
Exhibitions Chair-Illinois Art Therapy Association
The IATA Programs Committee opened our 2013 Programming Year with a very well attended program run by a pioneer in the field of Art Therapy. Art Therapist and author Dr. Harriet Wadeson, PhD, LCSW, ATR-BC, HLM facilitated a beautiful program focused on her experience using creative self-expression in the face of illness. Her own personal experience and journey with cancer as described in her book, Journaling Cancer in Words and Images: Caught in the Clutch of the Crab, was the foundation for what she presented. Participants were prompted to reflect on their lives and begin the creation of their own altered book. Harriet educated participants in specific techniques and encouraged lively conversation and learning. She offered the opportunity for each participant to explore the magic that this particular creative process has to offer. Harriet incorporated her own professional experience into her teachings. The participants shared their work and left eager to integrate this modality into their practice.
Katrina A. Funk, MAAT, LPC
Programs Committee Co-Chair