You do not have to have an art kit to participate in the Community Response Art. Simply follow the instructions below and submit your art virtually to our social media, using #arthealsandblm.

Dear Contributing Artist,

 

Art therapists believe in the power of art as a form of communication and healing. We offer these kits to you to express your thoughts, feelings, stories, hopes, and support through the use of art making. We invite you to use your creative power with these art materials included in creating an expressive reflection, responding to the protests against police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement, and as we aim to dismantle the institutionalized systemic racism so ingrained in our current society.  

Throughout history art has been used as a language of social change and activism, to lift up voices, express untold stories, spread powerful messages across communities, and to build community connection- even what can’t be put into words. Whatever your role is during this time, and wherever you sit in the movement, your creative artistic expression can convey a unique and connecting message. Whether you are reflecting on your personal experiences as a Black individual or a Person of Color (POC), or whether you are finding ways of elevating Black voices and the voices of POC as an ally, this is a space for creative self expression and a coming together through the universal language of art. Your expression is power!

Please use this kit to spread what is most important to you in this time through colors, images, and design. We plan to unify these pieces of art shared through our hashtag to combine into a virtual community piece on the Virginia Art Therapy Association website (see instructions on the back).

 

With hope and gratitude,

The Virginia Art Therapy Association & Art Therapists of Virginia
 

 Instructions:

-Reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and experiences as they relate to the BLM movement

-Consider what lines, shapes, images, words, or symbols come to mind

-Use the white fabric piece as your base/canvas and use the art materials provided (and any other art materials you have) to decorate your piece of fabric, based on your reflections

-Do not worry about creating “good art.” This is about self-expression and no artistic skill or experience is necessary. Use your creative freedom and power! You can not do this wrong.

-Take a photo of your completed art piece and if you feel comfortable, we invite you to post your picture on social media with the hashtag:  #arthealsandblm

-We will be creating a virtual banner with all contributed images using the hashtag to be displayed on our website (vaartherapy.org) – allowing for a coming together with minimal contact in consideration of COVID.

 

Other resources:  

https://linktr.ee/NationalResourcesList

https://www.melaninandmentalhealth.com/

https://openpathcollective.org/

https://therapyforblackgirls.com/

https://borislhensonfoundation.org/

The Virginia Art Therapy Association

P.O. Box 17553

Richmond, VA 23226

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