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Presented by MPS Art Therapy

Valery Daniels Memorial Lecture

Lessons Learned? Translating Urgency into Sustainable Action for Healthcare Justice in Art Therapy
Sep 13, 2021; 6:00 - 8:00pm
Graphic Listing Event Title and Details with black & white photograph headshot of Cathy Moon.

MPS Art Therapy presents Cathy Hyland Moon, MA, ATR-BC, who will give this year’s Valery Daniels Memorial Lecture. In this virtual lecture, Moon will discuss how racial inequality and pandemics have received renewed attention in the U.S. over the past year and a half. What lessons have we learned from these social and public health crises, and how do we translate lessons learned into actions aimed at healthcare justice?


This interactive presentation/workshop will address three areas of inquiry. First, we will examine the conundrum of providing equitable access to art therapy services while also earning a living wage. Second, we will explore the urgent need for strategies of resistance against systemic racism within our healthcare practices. Finally, we will look at other lessons from the pandemic and uprisings, such as the importance of mutual aid, the wisdom of the disability community and the innate turn to creativity in times of distress and collective trauma. Through a combination of lecture, art-making and dialogue, we will address these pressing questions: What have we learned? What are we called to do now?


Cathy Hyland Moon is a professor emeritus in the Art Therapy department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of Studio Art Therapy: Cultivating the Artist Identity in the Art Therapist and editor of Materials and Media in Art Therapy: Critical Understandings of Diverse Artistic Vocabularies. Over the last 40 years, she has worked in diverse settings, from a psychiatric hospital to home-based care. Her current art therapy practice is focused on cultivating inclusivity and collective well-being through ArtWorks, a community-based art studio in Chicago, and on collaboratively conducting cross-cultural, paraprofessional therapeutic arts training programs in East Africa.


School of Visual Arts, MPS Art Therapy Department, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0054. 2.0 CE hours available for LCATs.

Free and open to the public