This semester, MPS Art Therapy students have been collaborating across cultures in SVA’s Special Projects program. SVA students have been leading art therapy workshops with medical students in Latvia to promote self-care, connection, and stress relief. The project is facilitated and supervised by Special Projects Coordinator, Val Sereno, and MPS Art Therapy alum, Julia Volonts, in partnership with Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU). Julia is a licensed Art Therapist who moved to Riga, Latvia in 2019 while on a Fulbright Scholarship.
RSU recently featured the project in their university newspaper. Here, Julia and RSU staff describe the project in more detail, “Prior to the pandemic, SVA special projects mainly focused on communities within the New York area, but now Zoom has made it easier to connect internationally. This project with RSU acts as a cross-cultural exchange between the art therapy counseling team at SVA and medical students from Latvia and other parts of the world that would have not been able to receive this type of mental health support otherwise.”
Read more about the collaboration via the full article, here: https://www.rsu.lv/en/news/new-york-riga-providing-remote-support-across-cultures