In this series focusing on our Guiding Principles, this week we share a video of collaborative art-making.
We believe in collaborative and community art making as a path to building relationships, community wellness, and social change and planetary healing.
What happens when we make art together? This is such a powerful question! Whether you are making art with your child, your partner, your family, your work team, or your community, you are joining together in service of bringing something new into form, together.
When we communicate with others through the arts, we can see and feel the experience and truth of the other, leading to empathy, tolerance, and authenticity.The arts can serve as a communication bridge across differences of disciplines, personalities and cultures. The arts can serve community building by helping people to discover shared values and purpose and feelings of belonging beneath individual differences of ideas and belief. The arts offer process and language that bridge differences of personality, history and culture. Creative Wisdom Online Training, Lesson Seven
We believe that the creative process and art-making itself is healing and transformational. This is one of our Guiding Principles at Expressive Arts Florida Institute.
As we continue to explore our Guiding Principles with you, we turn this time to Victoria, who shares what happened for her when she began her expressive arts journey. Her writing is excerpted from the Welcome Lesson of Creative Wisdom: Introductory Online Training in Expressive Arts.
I am remembering what it was like when I was introduced to Expressive Arts. I really had no idea about the journey it would take me on. I do recall being very excited and emotional. I felt like I was welcoming back an old friend – possibly a friend that I had left behind or dismissed a long time ago. As I sat with this, allowing my emotions to come full circle, it became clearer and clearer that that friend was me. I remembered her. The innocent young girl with a big voice, listening to music, singing and dancing away without a care in the world. The girl who wrote poetry and painted castles on her bedroom wall. A girl getting ready to follow her dreams and become all that she could be.
It’s funny. It wasn’t until I began my expressive arts training that I knew just how wise that girl was. As I contemplate my journey and all the insights and awarenesses that the creative process has brought me, I am absolutely sure that we all hold that inner wisdom within. The expressive arts process has led me to excavate many layers of my life. I have explored, and continue to explore, many unknowns. Countless transformations have occurred. I met that young girl face to face right where she was. Right where we were. I am so grateful that all I had to do was show up and trust that what came to me through my images, writings and more, was exactly what I needed.
And, that is all you have to do to begin. Just show up.
The road doesn’t end. It is a lifetime practice. The process is ongoing. I am so excited for each and every one of you!
I am watching and listening….
I see and hear myself as….
I walk through the archway towards the light leaving all that is dark behind me.
I bring with me only my inner wisdom, my outward compassion and the glow in my heart.
I am your guide bird.
Today we invite you to explore this Guiding Principle with us:
We believe in the holistic nature of Expressive Arts, as it engages the whole person – body/mind/spirit.
Expressive Arts practice effects change in all aspects of human experience. Whether we enter through the portal of body, mind, emotion, or spirit, the arts provide a pathway in to our inner life, and a framework to hold space for ourselves to grow and change.
Watch the video, and absorb the images and words.
We are deeply grateful to our students for allowing us to share photos of their holistic practice.
Expressive Arts Florida Institute is amazing – really top notch faculty and well thought out comprehensive programming. The core faculty have many years of training themselves, and this comes through in their meticulous attention to all aspects of training others including theory and application. I have taught in many places around the world and I always look forward to returning to the Expressive Arts Florida Institute.
Mitchell Kossak PhD, LMHC, REAT
Professor, Counseling and Expressive Therapies, Lesley University Author: Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy
As you may know by now, we are preparing some new online course materials for you, to expand and deepen your understanding and experience with Expressive Arts.
We are actively working on these new offerings, and we will be ready to announce the details very soon.
We are building on our foundational online training: Creative Wisdom.
Creative Wisdom 8 week online Training in Intermodal Expressive Arts is the best, richest, most thorough, safe, clear, broad, and deep foundational introduction anyone could hope for, whether for personal or professional use, if you wish to begin or continue your exploration of Expressive Arts! – Maureen O’Reilly, APRN
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In the meantime, we hope you are enjoying learning more about our guiding principles and how they can impact your practice and your life!
Kathleen, Tamara, Victoria
Here is some advice from Creative Wisdom: Introductory Online Training in Expressive Arts.
We encourage you to explore a variety of expressive arts processes and design a practice that works for you, refining and changing it over time to meet your needs. We recommend that your practice include more than one arts modality – visual art (any media), movement, writing, music, rhythm, voice.
Let us know how it’s going! Just comment below.
Here, Kathleen shares the new 30-day personal practice she is just beginning.
Here are some resources to support you: