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What Does It Mean To Be A Practitioner In The Arts: Graduate Edition

Updated: Jan 10

Creating a Place for Everyone

PowHERhouse champions the changework of relational leaders and social impactors. Together, as allies, PowHERhouse and WHEAT are walking the path of truth and reconciliation for all our relations. This current transition and collaboration hopes to reflect and bring forth healing, empathy, inclusivity, listening-focused circles, and relational, open, arts-enhanced communication - the founding values of WHEAT that remain solid and unwavering.

“Expressive Art is a process that helps people to heal without using words. Words are sometimes hard to find. Small changes can happen through painting, dancing or using any of the multiple art forms. It becomes a gateway to self-identity and self-realization. It is this gift that I will pass on to others as a two-spirited Expressive Arts teacher and healer.” - Mitchell

“Art Therapy is a combination of psychotherapy (talk therapy) and the creative process (art). It is a potent mix. It takes us back to when we played as children and time flowed and how spacious that felt. In high school and college, I was involved in drama; it was an expressive, wonderful, and spacious place. Accessing this place in our imagination provides us with other dimensions in which to be curious and express ourselves in ways other than words, and including words. It provides an entry point to externalize our stories. The story we tell is the story that we live, so to know that inner story is so powerful. When we hold that narrative in a video, photograph, or a clay object, it is outside of ourselves. And that is the beginning of a conversation.” - Bevan

“Expressive Arts is rooted in engaging the imagination to create art in a multimodal way, and experiencing the aesthetic response that arises in the process. By aesthetic response, I am referring to a visceral response/way of knowing — a place not in the head but in the heart. It is soul work.” - Miriam


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