By Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, CTC-S, Adjunct Faculty, Art Therapy and Counseling Program
In August 2014, a collaborative community art project was launched in Ferguson, Missouri in an effort to create a hopeful and safe place for people to come together in the spirit of unity, connection, and compassion.
Members from the Ferguson community and anyone supporting this creative cause have been invited to contribute a ribbon with hopeful messages that will help provide support and strength. Ribbons of HOPE, as seen in the video below are displayed at different locations throughout Ferguson to visually communicate this expression of support:
The Ursuline Sisters have a tradition of placing religious medals in the cement footers of their new buildings asking God’s blessings on all those involved in the construction and on all who will use the building. The College Community gathered at the construction site Tuesday morning to place religious medals in the new building footers for the Center for Creative and Healing Arts and Sciences.
Ursuline College is currently constructing two new buildings on campus, an academic building and an athletic center – the College’s largest project in over 40 years.
Ursuline’s Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling department proudly presents the sixth juried art show displaying the work of art therapists from the greater Cleveland area. The Opening Reception will be on Friday, June 13, 5 PM to 9 PM in the Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery on the Ursuline College campus, 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, Ohio. The Wasmer Gallery is located adjacent to the Fritzsche Building at the western edge of the campus. The front and patio entrances are wheelchair-accessible, with free parking available in the adjacent lot.
The theme of the show underlines the therapeutic use of art and the power of images to heal. The work encompasses a wide range of media including drawings, paintings, prints, mixed media and ceramics. The show features the work of art therapists, faculty members, alumnae and students of the College’s Art Therapy and Counseling program.
Elizabeth Bailey-Grincrus & Natalie Jernigan
On March 27, 2014, the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCH) and Cleveland Business Connects (CBC) presented The Expys, honoring students, employers and internship programs in Northeast Ohio.
Elizabeth Bailey-Grincius, Ursuline Art Therapy and Counseling graduate student, was nominated as a finalist in the category of the 2014 EXPYS Best Intern award. Bailey-Grincius is currently completing her internship at the Centers for Families and Children in Cleveland, Ohio. She was nominated by her site supervisor, Natalie Jernigan. Bailey-Grincius has been an outstanding student and the ATC department is extremely proud of her achievement.
Otavalo is two hours north of Quito, high in the Andes mountains. It is located just off the pan American highway that goes straight to Columbia, which is three hours east of Otavalo. The Otavalo people are one of the largest indigenous groups living in Ecuador. They are known for their handicrafts, textiles and fabrics, leather goods, coffee, chocolate and roses. There are rose gardens and greenhouses that line the road and flowers are for sale everywhere! Roses are so abundant in Otavalo that the locals can buy a dozen roses for one dollar. The flowers are big business and are shipped daily to the United States, Europe and China. In fact, roses are so important to the Ecuadorians that there is a special room at the airport just to store the roses before they are shipped out!
We arrived at elementary school ISPED Manuela Canizares in Quito in the morning (March 10). Students were enthusiastically singing their national anthem and reciting the Ecuadorean pledge of allegiance our group. After the warm welcome, we split into groups of 20 four-year-old children in each group. Our individual groups greeted each of us with an abundance of energy, excitement and hugs. They were eager to use the art materials and we were excited to share our creative knowledge. Along with creating beautiful artwork , we interacted with the children through song, play and a variety of other activities.
Today (March 9) was our first full day in Ecuador. We began with a healthy breakfast of fruitas and granola. Then, we traveled to Old Town Quito and stopped first at La Basilica del Voto Nacional. We climbed what felt like hundreds of steep and treacherous stairs in La Basilica to reach the top of the bell tower. Our next stop was a Franciscan church called La Compania. The church was built by the Jesuits between the years of 1605 – 1765. Why did it take so long? From nave to alter, floor to ceiling, the church is painstakingly covered in a dazzling gold leaf.