Creativity and Compassion: The Therapeutic Arts and Peacebuilding

Creativity and Compassion: The Therapeutic Arts and Peacebuilding

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Date and Time

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Rooms E/F

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

Cost

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Details

At the heart of the therapeutic arts is the belief that the arts have the potential to create change within individuals and communities, and a belief that the process of creating art is as powerful if not more powerful than the artistic product. Within this framework, all people are creators and the act of noticing and creating is at the core of compassion, connection and change. There is a growing movement of arts therapists working at the frontlines of peacebuilding initiatives globally and here in San Diego. The event allowed guests to join music therapists and expressive arts therapists in an experiential workshop exploring practical arts processes to support various components of peacebuilding. 

Rachelle Archer is an expressive arts therapist and visual artist. She completed her master’s studies in expressive arts therapy, education and coaching at the Expressive Arts Institute in San Diego and the European Graduate School in Switzerland. A founding member of the nationally acclaimed Monarch School and the school’s director of therapeutic arts, Archer has built a robust arts-based therapy program that offers arts explorations, individual and group therapy, and social-emotional education to youth and families impacted by homelessness. Her work aims to create safe places for the disenfranchised and build peaceful communities.

Vanessa Contopulos is a singer-songwriter and music therapist. As a Rotary Peace Fellow she completed her MA at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. She has used music therapy strategies to support facilitated dialogue processes, and has worked with music education and music therapy in post-conflict settings. Contopulos is co-founder of The SongStream Project, which explores voices on the margins of society through story and song. Most recently she has been using the arts to hold restorative retreat spaces for individuals working in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Michelle Josey is a San Diego-based intermedia artist who facilitates participatory art groups within a variety of populations in the public health sector. She studied expressive arts for conflict transformation and peacebuilding at the Expressive Arts Institute in San Diego and the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Josey's visual art and sound art have evolved within her studies of complexity theory in the social sciences, and continue to inform her understanding of universal forms and principles of design in nature. 

Talia Morales is a board-certified music therapist, expressive arts therapist and supervisor at Coast Music Therapy, a San Diego-based agency assisting learners with special needs. She holds a master’s degree in expressive arts for conflict transformation and peacebuilding, and integrates intermodal art approaches to promote positive social change and community building. Morales is co-founder of The SongStream Project, a mobile recording project which explores the interwoven path of music and memory by highlighting the songs behind peoples’ stories and the stories behind their songs.

Sponsor(s)

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

Phone

Contact Us

Phone: (619) 260-7919
Fax: (619) 849-8123
krocschool@sandiego.edu

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KIPJ Room 121
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110