March 24, 2018
Emerald Sketch march together in Washington DC with over 200,000 others, among them many of the students and families directly effected by gun violence and school shootings. The teenagers from Parkland, Florida now stand strong initiating the March for Our Lives movement and create a wellspring of hopeful and profound energy.
To start the day in DC I organize an Emerald Sketch Art therapy Trauma Response Workshop inside the Educational Studio at the National Gallery of Art. The initiative first begins as an idea to provide a safe space for any massacre survivors, and their families prior to the March, as the NGA borders the march location on one side. Outreach is engaged and everyone that connects from Newtown and throughout the nation seem grateful to learn of the initiative. With so many people ascending on DC this Saturday morning it is evident that the families in need of services are among the unlikely to attend. So I begin inviting individuals interested in Art therapy and Trauma Response, albeit clinicians or others.
By 11 am quite the eclectic gathers in the Education studio first creating a “Safety Nest” reminiscent of one created in the Newtown community. Among the group includes two additional art therapists, Javere Pinnock and Rana Abdallah-Lara. Together the art therapists complete our #WeaponsofMassHealing -assault weapons cut from black foam board drawn to scale to indicate the guns used for American school massacres. Ours however shoot rainbows. One side reads #Whatif Guns Shot Rainbows? While the other side reads, It Would F*cking Tickle
An additional sign is a giant rainbow on black foam board, used as a template for double handed scribbling -an excellent mind-body exercise- now reads, Where is our #SafetyNest ? #Arttherapy
A lively collective including Michael Davis, Alvin Ailey Dancers and company join the workshop and an art therapy workshop to introduce how programming began in Newtown following the Sandy Hook School shooting is provided. All participants have an opportunity to engage in an art therapy drawing process, or contribute to the group #SafetyNest sculpture, in addition to a psycho dynamic group discussion.
Together as creators, collaborators, and clinicians we March for their Lives. #MarchforOurLives #WashingtonDC #EmeraldSketch
Now is the time to #voteforourlives
The Emerald Sketch is Now Seeking to expand their Art therapy Response Team. The Emerald Sketch is an art therapy crisis response program devised specifically to provide clinical support for children, families, and adults in the Sandy Hook, Newtown, Connecticut Community.
Seeking Credentialed art therapists holding a licensed professional counselor certificate in the state of Connecticut for part time after school and evening work. Preferred candidates will have ample experience providing trauma response art therapy for children. Clinicians will demonstrate good health, confidence, calm demeanor, and articulate understanding of neuroscience in regards to the mind-body, trauma, and the application of creativity.
Please send cover letter and cv to email@example.com
Pictured above Nicole Porter Willcox, Founder, and CT First Lady Cathy Malloy admire the Emerald Sketch Safety Nest created in cooperation with Ben’s Lighthouse on Display for the State Capitol in December, 2014.