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ERIC Number: EJ784860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
In the Shadows of Terror: A Community Neighboring the World Trade Center Disaster Uses Art Therapy to Process Trauma
Gonzalez-Dolginko, Beth
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v19 n3 p120-122 2002
The Children's Museum of the Arts, located in SoHo, is a community center where children and families create together through involvement with the visual and performing arts. The families that participate in the programming offered by the Museum are living, and perhaps working and going to school, in the shadows of what used to be the World Trade Center. In an effort to offer a neighborhood center for families to collectively process the events of September 11 and to heal as a community, the Museum's director and staff reached out to its members and others in the community through the use of art and art projects. This brief report discusses the work the author did at the Museum with a parents' group with the intention of creating a healing place within the SoHo community. Examples of the art produced during this session, comments made by participants, and suggestions made to these parents concerning their own healing and that of their children are included in this discussion. The effects of posttraumatic stress and strategies for response through art therapy are addressed. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York