Watch this exciting trailer about women working art into social action: Creating4Change

Creating4Change” is the working title of a feature documentary by EMMY Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sophia Kruz that poses the question: What is the role of art in global women’s empowerment?

From a graffiti artist in the favelas of Brazil raising awareness about domestic violence, to a choreographer in India using dance to rehabilitate victims of human trafficking, this film will profile women who have found innovative ways to use their art to solve the most pressing problems facing women in their communities. The film will feature artists who are working with leaders in government, philanthropy, technology, public health and education to create positive change.

More info at: www.creating4change.com

also Sponsored in part by: IEATA, International Expressive Art Therapy Association: http://www.ieata.org

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Chicago Artist Rae Luskin presents a children’s art book as social action

art from the heart


is a new book from Rae Luskin that provides a safe, non judgmental  place for children to express themselves, play, write, and dream.

This unique workbook has activities for every age group, from kindergarten through junior high.

• Teach children self-worth and resilience. Give them tools to express their feelings, needs and fears with Scribbles and Doodles.

• Teach them about respect, compassion and peace with Random Acts of Kindness.

• Teach them to love their body with creative visualization and collage with Body Beautiful.

•Teach them to problem solve with Magnificent Mandalas.

• Teach them they are wonderful just as they are, they are truly Superhero’s.

from her site: http://raeluskin.net/aboutrae.php

Mindfulness and the Visual Arts-METTA

METTA is a service that has arisen from the Art and Social Action blog.

It offers mindful, expressive art experiences to individuals, schools, community organizations as an alternative to STRESS AND LIFE’S STRUGGLES – in community or within self. In finding peaceful, mindful alternatives to life’s social and individual conflicts, METTAmetta card sunday1 will be working in conjunction with Pathways of Minneapolis (pathwaysminneapolis.org)

and the Minneapolis Art Institute on December 4th in a debut collaboration of mindful viewing and contemplative studio art experiences.

see the Minneapolis Art Institute website for further information.

new.artsmia.org