06 Jun

Yarn Painting Workshop with Mano a Mano

On Thursday, Mano a Mano joined parents in our nursing and art therapy groups to lead a yarn painting workshop through it’s Mexico in New York program. They made Wixara-inspired yarn paintings. Through the program, mothers in our Building Bridges art therapy group have also learned how to make a Tsikuri yarn object (“el ojo De Dios”) and paper flowers inspired by Mexican folk art traditions.

The yarn paintings are inspired by the visionary art of the Wixarika (Huichol) people native to the Mexican states of Durango, Jalisco, Nayarit and Zacatecas. Using multicolored yarns, each participant created a unique artwork based in traditional designs.

Our art therapy workshops target mothers in the community.  They offer the women who participate an important opportunity to connect with each  other and with their own thoughts and emotions through the vehicle of self expression.

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders is a New York-based non-profit organization  dedicated to celebrating Mexican culture and promoting the understanding of Mexican traditions.   Mexico in New York is a program designed to bring Mexican art and culture to classrooms and community groups. All activities include a lecture on the history of the tradition followed by a workshop or live music and dance performances.

11 Dec

Weaving Stories of Hope

SAORI weaving with Building Bridges

Mothers in the Building Bridges art therapy group learned to express themselves through weaving, with the help of teachers from SAORI Arts NYC.  On Dec. 14th, the group held an exhibit of work completed throughout the fall session and a celebration, which included communal weaving and dancing.  See photos of the fun event, below.

For several sessions, mothers have had the opportunity to learn SAORI weaving techniques from Yukako Satone, founder of Loop of the Loom weaving studio and a SAORI certified instructor.  With guidance from LSA’s art therapist and mental health counselor, Monica Sanchez, members of the group have used the weaving process to work through their own personal stories.

SAORI is a form of free-style weaving. It brings the joy of creative expression and individual sense of accomplishment to each of our participants and builds a sense of community among them.

The Building Bridges Art Therapy Group is fortunate to have formed a partnership with SAORI Arts NYC (SANYC), a non-profit organization that brings this healing art to people suffering from complex trauma as well as people with developmental, physical and emotional challenges.

 

Building Bridges Exhibit, December 2017
 

 

02 Jun

Building Bridges Art Exhibition

Art work created by participants in the Building Bridges Support Group throughout the spring 2017 session will be displayed.  Participants are encouraged to bring family and friends and share their experience in the group.

 

01 Jun

Building Bridges Art Exhibition

Eight mothers participating in our Building Bridges of Hope Art Therapy Group this spring shared their work in a special art exhibition at LSA.

Building Bridges of Hope is a support group with the goal of empowering women, helping them increase self-esteem, build confidence, and find a way out of fear and isolation.  Art activities become the tools to facilitate self-expression, reduce feelings of shame and guilt, and develop coping skills to deal with anxiety and depression.

Below are highlights from the exhibit.

 

Photography: What does it mean to love with your whole heart?

Portraits of strong women

Portraits of Strong Women

Light boxes

Clay: Participants created objects to explore notions of identity within their community.

Portraits of Immigrant Women:  What does it mean to be an immigrant for  you?  “It’s about work and sacrifice.  It’s leaving your family behind to look for a better life.”

 

 

Felting. Participants said: “It was beautiful what came out. The result was surprising.”

Felting

Still Painting: The goal was to develop observation skills, pay attention to details and explore the concept of impermanence.

18 May

Building Bridges Support Group

The Building Bridges of Hope Support Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am  – 11:30am.  The group helps mothers who might otherwise feel isolated create community with each other through activities aimed at helping participants explore their thoughts and emotions.

This session will feature a felting workshop.

Activities are led by LSA Mental Health Counselor/Art Therapist, Mónica Sánchez.

11 May

Building Bridges Mother’s Day Celebration

A special Mother’s Day celebration with the Building Bridges support groups and other mothers at our agency.

The Building Bridges of Hope Support Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am  – 11:30am.  The group helps mothers who might otherwise feel isolated create community with each other through activities aimed at helping participants explore their thoughts and emotions.

Activities are led by LSA Mental Health Counselor/Art Therapist, Mónica Sánchez.

04 May

Building Bridges Support Group

The Building Bridges of Hope Support Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am  – 11:30am.  The group helps mothers who might otherwise feel isolated create community with each other through activities aimed at helping participants explore their thoughts and emotions.

This session will feature a felting workshop.

Activities are led by LSA Mental Health Counselor/Art Therapist, Mónica Sánchez.

27 Apr

Building Bridges Support Group

The Building Bridges of Hope Support Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am  – 11:30am.  The group helps mothers who might otherwise feel isolated create community with each other through activities aimed at helping participants explore their thoughts and emotions.

Activities are led by LSA Mental Health Counselor/Art Therapist, Mónica Sánchez.

20 Apr

Building Bridges Support Group

The Building Bridges of Hope Support Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am  – 11:30am.  The group helps mothers who might otherwise feel isolated create community with each other through activities aimed at helping participants explore their thoughts and emotions.

Activities are led by LSA Mental Health Counselor/Art Therapist, Mónica Sánchez.

13 Apr

Building Bridges Support Group

The Building Bridges of Hope Support Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am  – 11:30am.  The group helps mothers who might otherwise feel isolated create community with each other through activities aimed at helping participants explore their thoughts and emotions.

Activities are led by LSA Mental Health Counselor/Art Therapist, Mónica Sánchez.