Art & Health

Outreach for Adults in the Chicagoland Community

 

As with all Open Studio Project programs, Art & Health’s art and writing process provides opportunities for personal growth and emotional expression. Participants work with simple, inviting art materials in a safe and supportive environment. Ongoing sessions and one-time workshops focus on using the OSP process to maintain mental health and to meet goals set by each participant, or set by the organization serving these adults. Workshops for adults in the Chicagoland community are tailored to the needs of the adults served, and will be planned as a team between the organization requesting it, our planners, and our facilitators to ensure that the time, materials, space, and lessons will be as beneficial as possilbe.

Examples of previous collaborations include providing art workshops for Housing Opportunities for Women, YWCA Week without Violence, and
Willpower.

Our Goals:

To give a place of reprieve to those who need it.

We strive at all times to be a safe place for all participants, but the privacy allowed for our adult participants is something that is treasured. Many of the issues that the participants are going through are of a more sensitive nature, so allowing them safety and privacy is a key goal.

To give an outlet for daily stresses and struggles.

The world is crazier now than it has ever been, the need for a resting and recuperating place is needed more than ever. Whether the session is entered needing to process the struggles or to be granted an escape from them, the ability to be given that choice has been proven to be beneficial.

To build healthy coping strategies.

By teaching and guiding others to use art for personal growth and exploration, it lessens the need to practice unhealthy methods of coping. When energy is being poured into something positive, the need for those detrimental habits will not only lesson, but the cause of them worked through.

To give a space where all voices are heard.

By not allowing any criticism, not only do participants feel comfortable sharing their inner most thoughts and struggles, but allows others to fully listen and understand the position of the speaker. When you cannot comment on something, there is no need to form a response, allowing you to fully focus on the person presenting. In this same vein, if a participant chooses not to present, for any reason, they are freely given that choice and will be given the same experience as those that chose to.

HOW

We tailor the Art & Health workshops and classes to fit with the group that will be participating. Our diverse group of teaching facilitators come from a wide range of professions and backgrounds, and all come with a well tuned set of skills. Not only will the projects and discussions be tailored to the specific group of participants, but the facilitator will be specifically chosen as well.

We are also welcome to implementing any themes or projects that you have already come up with. Our team of planners and facilitators strive to make this experience as successful as it can possibly be, and wish to do that in a cooperative manner to your goals.