Last week, Val Sereno took her Multicultural Issues in Art Therapy class to the Museum of Modern Art to view the Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter exhibition.


From the MoMA website:

For over 60 million persons in the world today, shelter is defined through constant movement or escape. Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter explores the ways in which contemporary architecture and design have addressed notions of shelter in light of global refugee emergencies. From the strengthening of international borders to the logistics of mobile housing systems, how we understand shelter is ultimately defined through an engagement with security. Refugee camps, once considered temporary settlements, have become sites through which to examine how human rights intersect with the making of cities. Bringing together projects by architects, designers, and artists, working in a range of mediums and scales, that respond to the complex circumstances brought about by forced displacement, the exhibition focuses on conditions that disrupt conventional images of the built environment.


In conjunction with the exhibit, has posted essays about migrants, immigration, Eurpoe, Syria, and the impacts of globalization.

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Information Session for Prospective Applicants: Saturday, October 15, 12-2pm

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A large group information session for prospective applicants is scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 12-2pm at 132 West 21st Street (between Sixth & Seventh Avenue), 3rd floor. RSVP here.

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Inside and Out: Artwork Created by People Incarcerated on Rikers Island
Exhibition Reception: Wednesday, October 5, 6-8pm

132 West 21 Street, 5th Floor Project Space

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Community Lecture: Dreams as Art Productions of the Psyche: A Jungian Perspective

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Friday, October 14, 6:30-8pm
Dreams as Art Productions of the Psyche: A Jungian Perspective
Anne Flynn, LP

133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.

Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist who was at the forefront of the psychoanalytic movement, is often thought of as the father of art therapy. He used art making as a way to access the innermost recesses of the psyche and famously said “Often the hands know how to solve a riddle with which the intellect has wrestled in vain.” He also used dreams to access the same unconscious material. What do art making and dreaming have in common? What do they share and how might they differ? Both are composed of images – primary productions of the psyche that, if attended to, promote the movement of unconscious material into conscious awareness, where it can then be examined, processed and integrated, resulting in a fuller, more balanced personality. In this lecture, we will learn how a Jungian analytical psychologist works with dreams to assist patients in gaining insight into the workings of the unconscious. We will draw a line between looking at dreams and looking at artwork produced in therapy. We will then use Jung’s method to work with our own images produced through an art experiential.

Anne Flynn, LP is a certified Jungian analyst and licensed psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City, with a particular interest in creativity and imagination, and the role they play within the relational context. She also holds masters degrees in art therapy and fine arts/painting. In an earlier life she was an attorney, but now believes that may have been a dream, and understands it accordingly

Please RSVP.

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Seen and Heard: Reflections on a Collaborative Art Process

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The Seen and Heard: Reflections on a Collaborative Art Process lecture, by Gemma Burgio and Valeria Koutmina, has been posted to our Vimeo page.

This talk is born out of Gemma Burgio’s and Valeria Koutmina’s collaborative residency at the School of Visual Arts, February-March 2015. The project employed textile arts, mixed media, and written narratives to explore attachment, spontaneity, and empathic resonance. What emerged was a surprising dance between two individuals, a vacillating entity impacted directly by the participation and presence of the artists. Setting out to answer several questions about the nature of collaboration, communication and relationships, the process culminated in an oeuvre of several works which showcased the qualities of our collaborative efforts and the need for presence that was uncovered. Since that time, the work has been dismantled but the dialogue between the artists continues. It too has changed shape as we each hone our craft and develop the process individually. Join us for reflections and reactions to this experience and the applications it may have in individual and group art therapy practices.

Gemma Burgio, ATR-BC, LCAT is an SVA Art Therapy alumna. Following graduation, Gemma worked in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and the Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service program (CARES), a therapeutic high school within the Mt. Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital system in New York City. Gemma is currently in private practice in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, an Art Therapy consultant at the Freedom Institute, and a candidate at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (2017), within the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.

Valeria Koutmina, ATR-BC, LCAT is an SVA Art Therapy alumna. Her practice includes working with children, adolescents, and adults with special needs, mental illness, and trauma. Recently, she has introduced elements of dance and play therapies to her repertoire. Valeria’s international work includes teaching a workshop in Moscow, Russia, and most recently becoming an ambassador of the Red Pencil Humanitarian Mission which took her to Lebanon.

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Friday, September 23 Conference Reminder


Critical Engagement: Art and Community
MPS Art Therapy presents its 32nd annual conference, with a keynote speech on socially engaged art practice presented by multidisciplinary artist Pablo Helguera, workshops and a panel discussion. Participating speakers include storyteller and creative director Melissa Malzkuhn; artist and Elastic City founder and director Todd Shalom; and sensory experience artist Miriam Simun. Free for SVA students, faculty and staff. Friday, September 23, 10am-4pm, SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street.

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This week in the MPS Art Therapy Department

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SAVE THE DATE: MPS Art Therapy Fall Conference


Critical Engagement: Art and Community

Keynote speaker Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is a New York based artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance. Helguera’s work focuses in a variety of topics ranging from history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics, ethnography, memory and the absurd, in formats that are widely varied including the lecture, museum display strategies, musical performances and written fiction.

Free for SVA students, faculty, staff, alumni, and on-site supervisors. CECs available for ATR-BCs.

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MPS Art Therapy Alums Working at Rikers Island

Lesley Achitoff (Class of 2004) and Katie Hinson (Class of 2010) recently discussed their work at Rikers Island with Tess Thackara at Artsy.

Every weekday morning, Katie Hinson drives across the long bridge from the tip of Astoria, Queens, to the penitentiary on Rikers Island. She passes through three security checkpoints and heads to the women’s jail. Hinson is neither a correctional officer nor an administrator; she is among a handful of therapists who have dedicated themselves to helping Rikers inmates through making art.

For Hinson, each day consists of three to four one-hour group art therapy sessions with the inmates—or patients, as they’re referred to by the therapists. “When they know that I’m coming, they’re all seated in the dayroom,” Hinson told me when we met, along with the island’s art therapy supervisor Lesley Achitoff, in Astoria in June. “They’re all really invested, it’s kind of awesome,” Hinson continues. “I’ve started to take requests for music, which has been a great component. It’s something they’ve been able to choose, because they don’t otherwise have any choice for anything. I put on music and they come up and grab materials.”

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Fall 2016 Lecture Series Save the Dates

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