MPS Art Therapy faculty member Eileen McGann, ATR-BC, LCAT, recently traveled to Cork, Ireland to visit the Art Therapy & Continuing Visual Education program at Crawford College of Art & Design.
Ireland is a land of beauty, humor and strong political beliefs. While traveling there in March, I had the opportunity to go to Cork and meet with Ed Kuczaj, Head of Art Therapy & Continuing Visual Education at Crawford College of Art & Design, and Lucia Šimonová, a graduate art therapy student at Cork who translated one of my articles into Czech. The department is strong in the arts and I talked with Ed about the similarities and differences between art therapy in Ireland and the US, had lunch with department members, and sat in on a lecture. It was incredibly interesting and memorable experience.
The land is luscious, from the Giants Causeway to the Cliffs of Mohr and farms along the way.
Somber art can be seen on the Peace Wall and the neighborhoods in Belfast. Murals cover so many of the buildings, documenting the “troubles” between north and south, while people embrace the current peaceful situation.