Art in Action
240 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 May 2011

Art in Action

Expressive Arts Therapy and Social Change

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

The field of expressive arts is closely tied to the work oftherapeutic change. As well as being beneficial for the individual orsmall group, expressive arts therapy has the potential for a much widerimpact, to inspire social action and bring about social change.

The book's contributors explore the transformative power of thearts therapies in areas stricken by conflict, political unrest, povertyor natural disaster and discuss how and why expressive arts works. Theylook at the ways it can be used to engage community consciousness andimprove social conditions whilst taking into account the issues thatarise within different contexts and populations. Leading expressivearts therapy practitioners give inspiring accounts of their work, fromusing poetry as a tool in trauma intervention with Iraqi survivors ofwar and torture, to setting up storytelling workshops to aid theintegration of Ethiopian Jewish immigrants in Israel.

Offering visionary perspectives on the role of the arts in inspiringchange at the community or social level, this is essential reading forstudents and practitioners of creative and expressive arts therapies,as well as psychotherapists, counsellors, artists and others working toeffect social change.

Ellen G. Levine is co-founder and faculty of ISISCanada and a Senior Staff Social Worker at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centrefor Children's Mental Health in Toronto, Canada. She is CoreFaculty and Dean of Individualized Studies in Expressive Arts Therapyat the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Stephen K.Levine is Professor Emeritus of Social Science at YorkUniversity in Toronto, Canada, Vice-Provost and Dean of the DoctoralProgram in Expressive Arts Therapy: Education, Consulting and SocialChange at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, and Co-Directorof ISIS Canada.
Foreword: Eureka! Discovering Gold in a Leaden World, Michelle LeBaron.Part I: Principles. 1. Art Opens to the World: Expressive Arts andSocial Action, Stephen K. Levine. 2. From Social Change to Art Therapyand Back Again: A Memoir, Ellen Levine. 3. Social Activism withinExpressive Arts "Therapy": What's in a Name? KarenEstrella. 4. Communal Art-making and Conflict Transformation, PaoloKnill. 5. From the Studio to the World: How Expressive Arts Therapy CanHelp Further Social Change, Shaun McNiff. Part II: Issues. 6. ASocial-Critical Reading of Indigenous Women's Art: The Use ofVisual Data to 'Show,' rather than 'Tell,' of theIntersection of Different Layers of Oppression, Ephrat Huss. 7.Inside-out Outside-in: Found Objects and Portable Studio, DebraKalmanowitz and Bobby Lloyd. 8. From Private Pain Toward Public Speech:Poetry Therapy with Iraqi Survivors of Torture and War, ShaneeStepakoff, Samer Hussein, Mariam Al-Salahat, Insherah Musa, MoathAsfoor, Eman Al-Houdali, and Maysa Al-Hmouz. Part III: Projects. 9. TheChoreography of Absence: (In)habiting the Imagination After War, CarrieMacLeod. 10. Creating Space for Change: The Use of Expressive Arts withVulnerable Children and Women Prisoners in Sub-Saharan Africa, GloriaSimoneaux. 11. Beauty in the Rough Places, Karen Abbs. 12. Art as aGift: Expressive Arts in Bolivia, Sally Atkins. 13. A Black Dog on aGreen Meadow: Doing Expressive Arts Therapy in Peru: Some Headlines,TAE Peru (Judith Alalu, Jose Miguel Calderon, Ximena Maurial, MonicaPrado, Martin Zavala). 14. These Stories are Burning a Hole in myBrain: Using the Arts to Tell the Stories of the Ethiopian JewishImmigrant Community in Israel, Vivien Marcow Speiser and SamuelSchwartz. Afterword: The Power of Poiesis, MaryBeth Morand.
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