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ERIC Number: EJ877032
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
An Online Art Exchange Group: 14 Secrets for a Happy Artist's Life
Chilton, Gioia; Gerity, Lani; LaVorgna-Smith, Maria; MacMichael, Huyen N.
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v26 n2 p66-72 2009
14 Secrets for a Happy Artist's Life is an online art exchange group founded by Gerity in 2006 as an egalitarian virtual community art studio. The online and mail art format provides a safe arena to create, view, and generously exchange artwork of all kinds. Ideas discovered within the virtual art studio have been applied to art therapy settings. The exchange of messages in the form of art objects enhanced predominantly online relationships and ameliorated the sense of unreality produced by rarely or never meeting online partners. This article outlines the many benefits and challenges of online art exchange and acknowledges the art therapists who have become Internet content creators building an online culture and community that reflects the ideals of the field of art therapy. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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