Amazing Work by Bonnie Bernstein Dance Therapist and Presenter at the IEATA 2013 conference

Presenter: Bonnie Bernstein
Presentation: Arts-Empowerment-Activism: Healing Psychosocial Trauma in Kolkata, India
Room: Mariposa
Presentation Description:
The expressive arts provide unique resources for social activism and healing trauma in the global community. Creative expression can become songs of empowerment, dances of courage, paintings of inner strengths, dramatic transformation of memories and rehearsals for generating change in life circumstances. This experiential and didactic workshop will introduce an empowerment-focused expressive arts approach I have developed since 2008 through yearly month-long workshops designed for sex trafficking survivors in Kolkata, India. Through experiential exercises and discussion participants will discover clinical interventions that are applicable to working with psychosocial trauma while strengthening their personal creative process for working with vulnerable populations.


The Porch Light Project

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Mural Arts Program has teamed up with the city’s Department of Behavioral Health to create an art that engages the public while promoting public health.

The Porch Light Project aims to provide a safe place where communities can express themselves in collaboration with artists.

“Together the artists with the community create beautiful mural designs that are then presented to the community for feedback and which are ultimately installed,” says Porch Light program manager Sara Ansell.

She says the purpose of the program is to allow neighborhoods an opportunity to relax and create beautiful visual work that will live on for decades.

“While talk therapy and traditional therapy is very, very important, infusing art in its purest form into a myriad of other therapeutic activities is integral to the health and vitality of individuals and communities,” Ansell explains.

This month Porch light artists and community partners will showcase the more than 18 completed murals throughout Philadelphia at several events. For more information, go to