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Museum-based Art Therapy
A Collaborative Effort with Access, Education, and Public Programs

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ISBN 9780367856533
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
228 Pages 26 Color & 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This practical and inspirational resource offers a wide range of information about museum-based art therapy and wellness programming in various museums.

Featuring contributions from art therapists and access professionals from various museum-based wellness programs, the book describes museum-based art therapy, education, access, and inclusion to enlarge the scope of professional development and higher education training in art therapy and its relation to museum studies. Chapter examples of successful museum art therapy and wellness initiatives increase awareness about the role of art therapy in museums and the role of museums in building healthy societies and improving lives. The text also contributes to the field of art therapy by deconstructing traditional narratives about therapy being conceived only as a clinical treatment, and by introducing arts-based approaches and strategies in museums as expanding territories for being proactive in community health and wellness.

Museum-based Art Therapy is a valuable guide for art students who are interested in working in museum education, access and disabilities, or museum studies, and graduates and professionals working across the disciplines of museums, art therapy, and disability studies.

Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures

Preface Mitra Reyhani Ghadim and Lauren Daugherty

Chapter 1. The Power of Museums for Therapeutic Reparation

Carolyn Brown-Treadon

Chapter 2. Exploring Museum-based Art Therapy: A Summary of Existing Programs

Ashley Hartman

Chapter 3. Creating a Community Partnership for Lasting Change: Museum Art Therapy with Juvenile Offenders

Paige Scheinberg and Kathy Dumlao

Chapter 4. Museum-based Art Therapy: A Collaborative Effort with Access, Education, and Public Programming

Mitra Reyhani Ghadim

Chapter 5. A Bi-National Participatory Project with Families Affected by Autism in the Museum Art Therapy Context

Michelle López Torres and Mitra Reyhani Ghadim

Chapter 6. Collaborating Organizations Help Interns Light Up the Panorama of the City of New York

Vida Sabbaghi

Chapter 7. ARTogether: A Possibility of Therapeutically Informed Programming in a Museum Setting

Sarah Pousty

Chapter 8. Museum of Fine Arts Boston’s Artful Healing: Putting the ART in Partnership

Alice Garfield

Chapter 9. People Inside Museums: One Hands-on Artmaking Room in Context

Rachel Shipps

Chapter 10. There’s Always Room at the Table: The Art Hive of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Stephen Legari

Chapter 11. Museum as Therapeutic Space: Centralizing the Experiences of People of Color

Chloe Hayward

Chapter 12. Musings on Healing, Museums, and Disability

Marie Clapot

Chapter 13. The Role of Museum Collections in Therapeutic Work

Lauren Daugherty

Chapter 14. Practical Methods and Strategies

Lauren Daugherty and Mitra Reyhani Ghadim


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Mitra Reyhani Ghadim, DAT, ATR-BC, LCAT, is an art therapist, author, and educator. She worked as a museum art therapist for nearly a decade, creating several art therapy programs for various populations.

Lauren Daugherty, LMHC, ATR-P, is an art therapist at the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University Bloomington where she established the first museum art therapy program at a university museum in the U.S.


"This richly diverse text documents the exciting partnership that museums and community-based art therapy is creating at the intersection of inclusivity, accessibility, wellness, and education. At its center is the shifting power of museums to provide restorative spaces of reparation and reimagination. A wealth of information details the formation of effective programs and models, strategies for collaboration, critical reflection, and engaging activities and processes. This text will be celebrated as an invaluable guide for multiplying museum-based arts and wellness programs that strengthen communities." —Lynn Kapitan, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM, is founder, professor, and director of the Professional Doctor of Art Therapy program at Mount Mary University