Ypsilanti Area Community Fund awards generous grant to Riverside Arts Center to begin “Art Therapy for Teens” program.
The Ypsilanti Area Community Fund recently awarded the RAC a grant to begin a weekly art therapy program for at-risk high school students.
So what is art therapy?
Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the 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.
A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms.) and the creative process , as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques.
Art Therapy Research
Today art therapy is widely practiced in a large variety of settings. During group sessions art therapists elicit their clients’ inherent capacity for art making to enhance their physical , mental, and emotional well-being. Research supports the use of art therapy within a professional relationship for the therapeutic benefits gained through artistic self-expression and reflections for individuals who experience illness, trauma, and mental health problems and those seeking personal growth.
Here at the RAC
The art therapy sessions will take place from February through June . We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Ypsilanti Area Community Fund for affording us this wonderful opportunity.