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When the Soul wants to experience something, she throws out an
image before her and steps into it.
The arts began early in human history as sources of healing, communication, expression, and ritual. The arts are an elaboration of what it means to be human: to belong, to be understood, to express, to make meaning. They are the soul of being human. When we participate in expressive arts we engage with the imagination through sensory means.
While participating in the arts is an ancient practice, Expressive Arts as a professional field is quite young. It began as a form of therapy in the 1970s, and expanded to include other settings such as education, community building, and social change. As a profession, Expressive Arts is grounded in the creative process itself.
Creativity is not reserved for the talented few. It is an attribute of being human. As the psychologist Carl Jung said, “We would do well, therefore, to think of the creative process as a living thing implanted in the human psyche.” Expressive Arts attends to that living, human, creative process.
Whether one-on-one, in a small group, or community-wide, expressive arts facilitation engages the arts and puts creativity front and center for a variety of purposes, such as:
accessing inner wisdom
healing and transformation
curiosity and fun!
The beauty of Expressive Arts is that it is embedded in our human, sensory experience, and no particular skill in the arts is necessary. We start where we are and work within our limitations. Creativity thrives there!
My own practice of Expressive Arts takes the form of one-on-one facilitation, group facilitation, and Expressive Arts Spiritual Direction. I enjoy connecting people to their own creativity. Feel free to reach out to me for more information.
Expressive Arts Events
- Jul 25, 2022, 3:00 PMSophia Center, Atchison, KS
- Aug 28, 2021, 7:00 PMKansas City area
- Jul 16, 2020, 7:00 PMVirtual Event
For more information about upcoming events please see this page.
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