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ERIC Number: EJ722380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Rekindling the Multicultural History of the American Art Therapy Association, Inc. Viewpoints
Potash, Jordan S.
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v22 n4 p184-188 2005
There are few who would disagree with the importance of stories and personal narratives in art therapy. Most art therapists seek to elicit them from their clients. They see it as their responsibility to honor each individual story, help integrate it where it is disconnected, and guide clients to illustrate these narratives in a manner that allows for healing. Stories, whether personal or communal, offer a glance into belief structures, values, and lessons. The history of art therapy in the United States is no different in this respect. The stories of the disenfranchised were usually not known or recorded, and were often maintained only in the oral tradition by art therapists of color. This article focuses on bridging two texts: "A History of Art Therapy in the United States," written by Maxine Borowsky Junge (with Paige Awawa) in 1994, and "The Black Beat in Art Therapy Experiences," a dissertation written by Lucille Venture in 1977. The first book is a well-known historical text, while the second is known to few. The author offers an integration of the two works to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the development of art therapy.
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Language: English
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