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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘art therapy’

Phoenix Children’s holiday cards now available

Phoenix Children's, PCH, holiday cards

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has launched sales of its 2014 holiday cards and ornaments by young artists. The cards are available at all Arizona Safeway stores. The holiday card project has benefited the hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders for 28 years. This year’s cards feature the artwork of five patients who were treated at […]

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Artplay helps children through expressive therapy

When Phoenix resident Liz Tomko founded Artplay in 2010, she traveled among pediatric offices to provide expressive arts therapy for young patients facing mostly physical ailments. But Tomko also wanted to focus on children’s emotional needs. She opened her own location three years ago, then moved to a new space in Central Phoenix last November. […]

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Free Arts blends mentoring with making art

Friends of Free Arts of Arizona, a Phoenix-based non-profit that provides mentoring and arts experiences for at-risk youth, gathered in Scottsdale yesterday for the annual “Every Child Matters” luncheon. I arrived at the event at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia to find walls lined with artwork displays and people sharing tales of times […]

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Free Arts of Arizona: 20 years of arts and healing

A preschooler sporting blue Croc sandals clutched a teddy bear as he tapped a beat on the back of a nearby seat. Music played as youth backstage got ready to perform in this year’s Hip Hop Camp, presented by Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. A volunteer wearing a bright red sweat suit decorated […]

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Film explores family wounds and healing

Far more children than we realize are wobbling atop a fence, ready to fall to one side or the other with just the slightest bit of force. A kind word. A cruel deed. A listening ear. A refusal to open one’s eyes. All touch the lives of characters featured in the film “Short Term 12,” […]

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Empowerment and recovery through art

Children and teens facing mental health challenges need creative experiences, meaningful friendships and opportunities for self-expression—just like the rest of us. Many are finding them through Art Awakenings, a program of PSA Behavioral Health Agency. The 12-year-old program offers psychosocial rehabilitation to children and adults through studios in Phoenix, Tempe and in other parts of […]

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Painting meets personality

What happens when an insecure writer bent on achieving perfection trades pen for paintbrush? Lynn Trimble shares experiences and emotions from a recent painting party at Carrie Curran Art Studios in Scottsdale.

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Art awakenings

Art Awakenings is exhibiting works by local artists at ASU Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale through Feb. 28. All were created by adults living with mental illness as part of the PSA Behavorial Health Agency program that seeks to promote empowerment and recovery through creative expression.

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Free art classes for veterans

As you’re giving thanks this weekend, remember our veterans and active members of the military. Then take a few minutes to learn about a program in Fountain Hills that give them free art classes, plus free art therapy and horse therapy.

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Fun with Free Arts

Free Arts of Arizona has a long history of working to heal abused, neglected and homeless children through artistic expression. Lynn Trimble explores current projects, previews art and theater showcases taking place this month, and shares ways you can make a difference through the arts.

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