“Art in Action”

Inspired by the Poetry Therapy described in Art in Action, chapter 8, From Private Pain Toward Public Speech

“Not all that a person desires does he or she obtain

The winds blow without regard for the wishes of the ships”- (Al Mutanabbi, 915-965)

Connection through Body Art

Body art has been around for as far as I can see any how.

This body art piece is about pregnancy, birth and midwifery.

I am again reminded how art making is bonding, is attachment,  and is intimacy.

Making art with each other, around each other  and on each other brings me a calm not a fear.

Often times my clients ask “how can I decrease my anxiety, or increase a sense of well-being.” And often times I ask myself these very questions.

Over the last 10 plus years I have tracked this question for myself and for others.  The red thread I see is connecting.  Connecting through both expression and communication.

Expressive Arts Therapy can promote connection versus answers; a power within verses a power over a struggle or conflict. A space where relationships and responsibilities are seen and felt.  Soon we will be in Peru exploring such issues as multiplicity and uncertainty.

IEATA International Conference in Lima, Peru – August 2011

Getting excited about hopefully presenting at the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association International Conference in Lima, Peru this August 2011.

Check out http://ieata.org/conference.html

The Responsibility to Protect Cote d’Ivoire is Now

A few weeks after the Ivorian people cast their votes in a peaceful nationwide presidential election with results certified by national and international monitors, the country is rapidly descending into chaos and possibly massive violence.

Calls from all corners of the planet in favour of a peaceful resolution to the standoff between Alassane Ouattara, widely recognized as the winner of the elections, and Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent President, who contests the election results, are falling on deaf ears. As both sides dig in their heels, the possibilities of a renewed civil war are real.

In February 2004, the international community sent a very strong message to this country when, at the request of President Gbagbo, it authorized the deployment of  a United Nations peace-keeping operation “ONUCI” which today has a troop strength of over 9,000 soldiers, with a mandate  “to protect civilians under threat.”

The UN and members of the UN Security Council are still bound by this mandate. The Ivorian people are desperately awaiting a clear sign from the United Nations Security Council that they will not be let down.  A first sign has been sent to them with the decision by theUN  Security Council to extend ONUCI’s mandate by six months starting 1 January 2011.  Nevertheless, they are waiting for the international community to prevent the situation from deteriorating further and for measures to be taken to protect them from a bloody tragedy.

It is not enough for the UN Security Council to call another emergency meeting and reaffirm its commitment to the ONUCI mission.  It should take all necessary measures to stop the violence by ordering the cantonment of the army, banning all armed militias, prohibiting public demonstrations and marches and giving ONUCI the mandate to enforce these measures and any others required to protect civilians under threat.

There is no time to waste—the Responsibility to Protect the Ivorian people is Now.

We Are Mosaics

Putting the pieces back together

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