1st Edition

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

Edited By Mitra Reyhani Ghadim, Lauren Daugherty Copyright 2022
    228 Pages 26 Color & 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    228 Pages 26 Color & 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    228 Pages 26 Color & 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    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.

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    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



    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