18 Dec

Building Bridges Art Exhibit

December 2018 — Our Building Bridges of Hope art therapy group for mothers held an exhibit of work created over the course of the fall.  The projects created represent the growth that each mother experienced as she processed her feelings through clay, photography, sculpture and doll-making. They express messages of courage and hope.

Building Bridges participants, group leader Monica Sanchez, and art therapy interns

HUMMINGBIRD  “I have a tattoo of a hummingbird. Aside from it’s meaning, it is a beautiful bird. It goes from to flower–the nectar of life–to survive. I want it to live in an open space, all green, with trees, a waterfall–the sounds of water and of nature are what calms me the most. I painted you purple because it represents calm and fills me with life, with light. The hummingbird, for its beauty, flies free, looks for what it needs and returns to nature.”

DOVE  “A messenger in white, carrying an olive branch — I read about it in the bible. It is a symbol of paz. There are so many battles. Many need peace but it doesn’t exist; they have lost it. I feel differently. New things are coming from me. I want the dove to live in the mountains, the white clouds and the blue sky.”

BUTTERFLY “From the caterpillar comes something as beautiful as a butterfly. It learns to survive and is so delicate. Like butterflies, we should learn to take flight and learn to be happy. I want it to live in a tranquil place, in a harmonious forest.”

A doll making project. Group participants were interviewed about their dolls. Diana described her doll as “trying to find who she is by exploring her life struggles and survive through that.” She is brave “because she has no choice.”

“I never had a doll. My mother was never able to buy me one. Now, at last, I have my doll and her name is Esperanza (Hope) because I still have faith in better life, to get what you want.”

A project for the Day of the Dead, honoring loved ones

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.

26 May

Building Bridges – Final Exhibition

An exhibit of works created by mothers in the Building Bridges support group over the course of the Spring session.

The Building Bridges of Hope Support Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am  – 12:30pm.  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.

14 Apr

Building Bridges Support Group

The Building Bridges of Hope Support Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am  – 12:30pm.  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.

April 14 workshop: Saori Zen Weaving.

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

07 Apr

Building Bridges Support Group

The Building Bridges of Hope Support Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am  – 12:30pm.  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.

April 7 workshop: Papier-mâché.

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

24 Mar

Building Bridges Support Group

The Building Bridges of Hope Support Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am  – 12:30pm.  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.

March 24 workshop: Papier-mâché.

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

17 Mar

Building Bridges Support Group

The Building Bridges of Hope Support Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am  – 12:30pm.  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.

March 17 workshop:  Masks

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

10 Mar

Building Bridges Support Group

The Building Bridges of Hope Support Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am  – 12:30pm.  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.

March 10 workshop: masks

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

03 Mar

Building Bridges Support Group

The Building Bridges of Hope Support Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am  – 12:30pm.  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.

March 3 workshop:  music and meditation

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

25 Feb

Building Bridges Support Group

The Building Bridges of Hope Support Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am  – 12:30pm.  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.

February 25 workshop: Photography, Dance and Voice with Carolina Olivairos.

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