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February 8 - February 29
School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Open Door,” an exhibition of multimedia work by MPS Art Therapy students and the people they work with at their internship sites. Curated by Liz DelliCarpini, internship coordinator and adjunct faculty member, the exhibition will be on view from Saturday, February 8, through Saturday, February 29, at the SVA Flatiron Gallery, New York City.
These artists seek to open doors, and in doing so, create restorative relational experiences. Public involvement is viewed as a key aspect of community-based art therapy practice: offering people opportunities for contribution, recognition and support within our collective community. The therapeutic goals of “Open Door” are to bring people together in ways that acknowledge and respect our differences.
MPS Art Therapy is an immersive two-year, 60-credit program that prepares students to become licensed, credentialed art therapists. It integrates the experiential components of art therapy within a comprehensive framework of academic theory, clinical application via an internship program, and art practice. Students learn to adapt the creative process to the specific therapeutic needs of the individual, population and setting, with a consideration of how systems of theoretical and social constructs impact treatment. SVA believes in active engagement with the community at large, which allows for utilization of the diverse, innovative, creative atmosphere of New York City and beyond to enhance training.