Art of Healing

Preserving memory…       Immortalizing loss…      Promoting healing…

A combined symposium-performance program which addresses how the arts can be used therapeutically in a time of world crisis. These multi-disciplinary set of arts workshops are designed to externalize emotion and help traumatized individuals heal, understanding that world conflict has a penetrating and enduring impact which undermines human potential and ultimately our society. Target groups include: military personnel and embedded journalists returning from war-torn areas, humanitarian aid workers and refugees.

Target groups include: refugees, veterans and embedded journalists and humanitarian aid workers returning from war-torn areas.

Date: Spring 2015

…and loan to me your final needle. Let us take turns stitching each other’s holes. Here are mine-you go first. they ache to close…

-white linens by Shanley Erin Kane First Prize Winner – GATC Poetry Contest Quilting as a Metaphor for World Peace

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Five-day program of multi-disciplinary arts workshops focused on:

  • Music
  • Visual Art
  • Theatre/Spoken Word
  • Other workshops to include: dance, yoga and movement, literature and film.

    Special sections may also include: thought leaders in mental health, art therapy, integrative healing and rehabilitation arenas. Focus on dealing with youth/children.

    Pilot Program:

    20 refugee women and 20 daughters in four cultural contexts

      • Phase I: Turkey to focus on Syrian refugees

      • Future II, III and IV: Uganda, Chicago and San Diego


    Retreat Center TBD

    Funding permitting, speakers/presenters to include:

    • The Daniel Pearl Family and Foundation – Dr. Judea and Ruth Pearl*
    • Reporters Without Borders* – Secretary General, Robert Menard*
    • The International Crisis Group – Louise Arbour*
    • Director of the Art Therapy Program at the National Conservatory of Music in Amman, Jordan* (rehabilitates Iraqi refugee victims of the War on Iraq)
    • Northwestern Medill School of Journalism – in progress
    • University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School* and Kelly Writers House*
    • Author Robert Olen Bulter*
    • Actor Stacy Keach*
    • Actor/Director Joyce Piven* and The Piven Theater Workshop (Jeremy Piven*)
    • Gary Sinise (already has worked with Genesis at the Crossroads)
    • Musician and Vietnam Veteran, Kimo Williams*
    • Willow House Founder and Executive Director, Stefanie Norris*( Visual Art)
    • Visual Artist Leonard Lehrer*
    • Ellen Rosen Kaplan* on alternative healing
    • Thought leaders from National Institute of Mental Health*
    • Frederique Lehoux, Former Director, OXFAM* now at Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commision
    • Dr. Maya Nadison* – puppetry and children’s sexual health/public health messaging
    • Terra Tolley* – Phd ABD in conflict resolution, GMU
    • Global Arts Corps*
    • Cambodian Living Arts*
    • Drama for Life*, South Africa
    • Opera Circus* – Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Dr. Nigel Osborne*
    • Ambassador Colin Munro* (Croatia/Austria)
    • Salzburg Global Seminars*
    • Saffron Caravan artists*

    *Already on board
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