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Free Eco-Art Therapy Group at CCRx this April - Join us!

Are you a young adult worried about climate change? Do you experience stress, anxiety, despair, or grief that is caused or made worse by natural disaster, pollution related health issues, environmental threats to food security, etc.?

“The Power of Art: Recycled Sculptures as Art Therapy and Eco-Resistance” is a series of four workshops, 3 hours a week, offered during the month of April at the CCRx warehouse.   

The workshops are free for ages 18-26 and attending all 4 sessions is encouraged. April 6, 13, 20 and 27 -- from 1-3pm. This is a study for art therapy and involves creating recycled protest sculptures. 

No previous art experience necessary. 

The workshops will utilize CCRx supplies to create sculptures out of recycled materials in order to investigate the effects of sustainable protest art  as a treatment for grief and despair made worse or caused by climate change. 

Individuals’ participation will be voluntary and at their own discretion. 

The purpose of this research study is to contribute to a graduate thesis investigating the effectiveness of creating climate-centered protest art in addressing and treating climate grief and anxiety.

This workshop is a part of Grace Gimpel's master's thesis research project in the department of Art Therapy and Counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). This project is supervised by Sandie Yi, PhD, ATR-BC, assistant professor at SAIC and Arts and Culture Project's Coordinator at SAIC.   This workshop is supported by the Arts and Culture Project at Access Living, an independent living center for people with disabilities; Shirley Ryan Abilities Lab; and the Disability Culture Activism Lab (DCAL), a teaching lab housed under the department of art therapy and counseling at SAIC. This program received generous funding from Healing IL: funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services in partnership with the Field Foundation.  This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

The contents of this workshop were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RTCP0005). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this workshop do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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