Safe Spaces: Opening Reception October 4, 5-8pm

Safe Spaces, an exhibition with artwork and music created by people incarcerated on Rikers Island, runs from October 4-26

Opening Reception October 4, 5pm-8pm

132 West 21st Street, 5th Floor Project Space Gallery

Additional viewing hours by appointment

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Kate Lacour, MPS Art Therapy Class of 2009, TEDx Talk

Kate Lacour, MPS Art Therapy alumnus, class of 2009, recently gave a TEDx talk on her current work.  She has been working on a creative community access project in New Orleans where she founded a creative arts nonprofit which runs a sci-fi Mardi Gras performance group for teens with autism.  She is currently partnering with the engineering department at Tulane University to help the teenage workshop participants build a musical vehicle in the university’s maker lab.  You can view her talk, blog, photos and more at

Kate says, “here in New Orleans, there is a real dearth of special needs services, and art therapy (which is not licensed or officially recognized in this state) is virtually nonexistent.  I’m proud to be a part of this project; it fills a void and perseveres in spite of very limited resources.”

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2017 Art Therapy Conference Reading Packet

The following PDFs constitute work from and recommended by presenters at the most recent Art Therapy Conference at SVA, Creative Arts Therapies: Innovation and Integration. Please note that this reading packet is for educational purposes only. All work is copyright the respective authors and publishers.




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REMINDER! MPS Art Therapy 2017 Annual Conference This Friday, September 8, 2017

Reminder!  Please join us for the SVA MPS Art Therapy’s 2017 Annual Conference,

Creative Arts Therapies: Innovation and Integration.

Friday, September 8, 2017

9:30am-4pm (Registration will begin at 9am)

SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street

Registration is now available online!

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Introducing Our 2017 Conference Panel Moderator: Eileen McGann

The MPS Art Therapy 2017 Annual Conference, Creative Arts Therapies: Innovation and Integration, is coming up on September 8!  In previous posts we introduced our guest speakers.  This week we are featuring our panel moderator, Eileen McGann, who comments on her work and the conference theme of innovation and integration:

Eileen McGann, ATR-BC, LCAT

In reflecting upon the conference theme of innovation and integration my belief is that these two dynamics are easily interwoven when the process is genuine, emerges from and honors the individual. Innovation comes with understanding and experiencing the other as unique and focusing on their process of self-exploration and stability in emotional states of being. As human beings, while we may share common experiences, thoughts, feelings we also bring a personal history and relationships that are quite unique.  My work as an art therapist has been with young people who have experienced complex trauma taking a studio based approach and developing with them a visual vocabulary through the arts.

As Director of the Arts and Creative Therapies at MercyFirst we have been using the arts as a catalyst for addressing issues of social justice. The focus of these artistic endeavors is to unify people in awareness, reduce perceptions of bias, increase tolerance, acceptance and affirmation of each other and build relationships that are inclusive: aspects of what we all need for a socially just world and from which we can all benefit.

The arts can provide us with a way of expressing and communicating personal experiences, feelings, dreams, fears, struggles, achievements and hope. Through visual narrative and symbolic expression, the individual and common human experience can be understood – a soulful expression that does not necessarily need language translation – the arts can unite us.

Eileen P McGann, ATR-BC, LCAT

Eileen has a broad range of clinical experience concentrated in therapeutic milieu and studio approach with young people who have experienced complex and chronic trauma, refugee children, as well as adult survivors of trauma and women veterans. Eileen developed and is the Director of the Arts and Creative Therapies program at Mercy First in Syosset, New York.  Eileen’s writings about art therapy have been published nationally and internationally as well as translated into other languages.  Her lectures and consultations include the United States, France, Estonia, Ireland, Turkey and in Slovakia where the United States Embassy sponsored her role. As a member of the Non-Governmental Organization Partnership for Global Justice, Eileen presented at a United Nations Orientation and writes for their newsletter. She recently participated as a faculty leader at the Salzburg Global Citizen Alliance in Austria. In addition to exhibitions, which include Long Island Museum, Islip Art Museum, Evers Gallery, Gallery North, Molloy College Art Gallery (solo), and New York University, The School of Eileen McGann’s artwork has been featured as book and journal covers.  A former member of the Editorial Board of Art Therapy, Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, Eileen also holds a long-time connection as faculty member in the Honors program at Molloy College as well as the Graduate Art Therapy Programs at New York University and SVA.


Don’t forget to register for the conference in advance!

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The Music of Art, Opening Reception August 10, 5-7pm

Join us for the opening reception!

August 10, 5-7pm

132 West 21st Street, 5th Floor Studio

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REMINDER! Build Break Rebuild Closing Reception Tomorrow Night, July 28, 6-8pm

Remember to please join us tomorrow night, July 28, for the closing reception of our

2017 Alumni Residency, Build Break Rebuild.

6-8pm, 132 West 21st Street, 5th Floor Project Space Studio

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Introducing Our 2017 Conference Speakers: David Read Johnson and Marni Rosen

Throughout the month of July we have been introducing our guest speakers for the 2017 Annual Conference, Creative Arts Therapies: Innovation and Integration.  We’ve heard about the work of Karen Gibbons, Jennifer Tantia, and Julie Lipson in previous blog posts.  This week we hear from David Read Johnson and Marni Rosen:

Marni Rosen, PsyD, ATR-BC

Dr. David Johnson and I set out on a journey several years ago to integrate a theory of drama therapy into art therapy. With the understanding that the basic principles of creativity and play underlie any art form, we could  boil down the principles of one form of art making to apply it to another. If we can identify the raw principles of art making (art, music, drama, or dance) then all the modalities are more integrated and related. Since this pursuit with David, I have been passionate about the integration of creative arts therapies. Through my position at the Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) in Chicago, I have initiated and planned an annual Integrated Creative Arts Therapy conference which is now on its 3rd annual cycle.

David Read Johnson, PhD, RDT-BCT


This conference provides the opportunity for CAT’s to discuss their work across modality and learn from their collective CAT peers. Personally, my current project is furthering ITA’s intake assessment process, which assesses goodness of fit of modality for each incoming client. It’s been an ongoing privilege at ITA to work, consult, and train amongst all 4 modalities and across all 4 modalities.

Dr. Marni Rosen, Psy.D ATR-BC is the Practice Manager, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Board Certified Art Therapist at the Institute for Therapy through the Arts. The Institute for Therapy through the Arts is an integrated Creative Arts therapy center that offers all 4 arts modalities: art, music, drama, and dance/movement. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Posttraumatic Stress Center in New Haven, CT and was a research assistant at Yale University studying the impact of trauma on the narrative of Holocaust survivors. She is a supervisor, consultant, and trainer on trauma informed psychotherapy and art therapy in addition to a published author of several articles including Adlerian Art Therapy with Survivors of Sexual Assault in the Journal of Individual Psychology and Developmental Transformation Art Therapy in the American Art Therapy Association journal.

David Read Johnson, Ph.D., RDT-BCT is Director of the Institute for Developmental Transformations; Co-Director, Post Traumatic Stress Center, New Haven, CT; and Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine.  He has been a leading figure in the creative arts therapies and has published numerous articles and books on the treatment of psychological trauma, drama therapy, and the creative arts therapies.

If you haven’t already done so, please register in advance for the 2017 Conference!

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Introducing Our 2017 Conference Speakers: Julie Lipson

In preparation for our 2017 Annual Conference, scheduled for September 8, 2017, we asked our guest speakers to share some information about their work and how it relates to the conference theme of innovation and integration.  We’ve heard already from Karen Gibbons and Jennifer Tantia in previous blog posts.  This week we introduce Julie Lipson, who discusses her work as a music therapist:

Julie Lipson, MA, MT-BC

My work feels innovative when clients start expressing their thoughts and feelings in a new way. Many clients experience this right away, after originally contacting me because talk therapy hasn’t been working for them. Drumming, singing a meaningful song, or creatively coming into contact with instruments can provide deep, fruitful experiences during which clients articulate their inner world in ways they may have never expected. It is this insight–seeing or hearing the self– which inevitably invites integration into the work. As they see themselves creating something new, even as the material stays constant, clients realize parts of themselves that can now be welcomed in as integrated parts of the whole self.


Julie Lipson, MA, MT-BC

Julie Lipson is a board-certified music therapist, folk-rock musician, and Camp Director.  She provides music therapy to groups and individuals in the greater Philadelphia area.  Julie owns Inner Rhythms Music and Therapy Center, which offers music lessons, music therapy, and affordable event space to the local community.  She is also a director at Camp Aranu’tiq, the summer camp for transgender youth.

Register today for the 2017 Annual Conference.

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Build Break Rebuild: Reception July 28, 6-8pm

Please join us in celebrating our MPS Art Therapy Summer Alumni Residency!

Build Break Rebuild:

Closing Reception: Friday, July 28, 6-8pm

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