The Brooks Museum partnered with Juvenile Intervention and Faith-Based Follow-up (JIFF) for their second art therapy partnership in Fall 2017. Young men from JIFF came to the Brooks for eight group art therapy sessions to discover how art could help them explore and expand their understanding of self and community. This exhibition explores some of the art they created during these groups.
Through gallery experiences, studio art making, and other reflective practices, the JIFF art therapy program offered a unique space for participants to express thoughts and feelings, identify strengths, and make positive choices. The creative processes and resulting group discussions assisted participants in seeing themselves and each other through varying – and perhaps new – lenses. Group members concluded the program by establishing personal and community goals and hopes, declaring, “We’re going to make it – we are making it!”
Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. Art Therapy, facilitated by a master’s level, credentialed art therapist, effectively supports mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual goals, as well as community concerns (arttherapy.org).
Click here to learn more about the museum's Art Therapy Access Program.