The field of expressive arts is closely tied to the work of therapeutic change. As well as being beneficial for the individual or small group, expressive arts therapy has the potential for a much wider therapeutic impact. This book addresses how the principles and practice of the arts therapies can be and have been used successfully to inspire social action and bring about social change across the globe.
The contributors explore the transformative power of arts therapies in areas stricken by conflict, political unrest, poverty or natural disaster. They look at how and why expressive arts works, and how it can be used to engage social consciousness and improve social conditions, taking into account the issues that arise within different contexts and with different populations. Leading expressive arts therapy practitioners give inspiring accounts of social projects they have worked on, from using poetry as a means of trauma intervention with Iraqi survivors of war and torture, to setting up storytelling workshops to aid the integration of Ethiopian Jewish immigrants in Israel.
Offering visionary perspectives on the role of the arts in inspiring change at the community or social level, this is an important book for all students and practitioners of creative and expressive arts therapies, as well as psychotherapists, counsellors and others working to effect social change.
Foreword: Eureka! Discovering Gold in a Leaden World, Michelle LeBaron. Part I: Principles. 1. Art Opens to the World: Expressive Arts and Social Action, Stephen K. Levine. 2. From Social Change to Art Therapy and Back Again: A Memoir, Ellen Levine. 3. Social Activism within Expressive Arts "Therapy": What's in a Name? Karen Estrella. 4. Communal Art-making and Conflict Transformation, Paolo Knill. 5. From the Studio to the World: How Expressive Arts Therapy Can Help Further Social Change, Shaun McNiff. Part II: Issues. 6. A Social-Critical Reading of Indigenous Women's Art: The Use of Visual Data to 'Show,' rather than 'Tell,' of the Intersection of Different Layers of Oppression, Ephrat Huss. 7. Inside-out Outside-in: Found Objects and Portable Studio, Debra Kalmanowitz and Bobby Lloyd. 8. From Private Pain Toward Public Speech: Poetry Therapy with Iraqi Survivors of Torture and War, Shanee Stepakoff, Samer Hussein, Mariam Al-Salahat, Insherah Musa, Moath Asfoor, Eman Al-Houdali, and Maysa Al-Hmouz. Part III: Projects. 9. The Choreography of Absence: (In)habiting the Imagination After War, Carrie MacLeod. 10. Creating Space for Change: The Use of Expressive Arts with Vulnerable Children and Women Prisoners in Sub-Saharan Africa, Gloria Simoneaux. 11. Beauty in the Rough Places, Karen Abbs. 12. Art as a Gift: Expressive Arts in Bolivia, Sally Atkins. 13. A Black Dog on a Green Meadow: Doing Expressive Arts Therapy in Peru: Some Headlines, TAE Peru (Judith Alalu, Jose Miguel Calderon, Ximena Maurial, Monica Prado, Martin Zavala). 14. These Stories are Burning a Hole in my Brain: Using the Arts to Tell the Stories of the Ethiopian Jewish Immigrant Community in Israel, Vivien Marcow Speiser and Samuel Schwartz. Afterword: The Power of Poiesis, MaryBeth Morand.