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The TAR Project is a Therapeutic Artists Residency new to Atlanta, we recently choose four artists to work with Orion Psychotherapy for a year long residency. Accepted residents will receive once-a-month individual and 2-hour group therapy sessions. They will also receive a $200 Binders Gift Card, a Rolfing session with River, and free membership with C4 Atlanta and scholarship for one of their workshops. The residency will culminate in a group show featuring individual and group work. All of this is free to the Artist! If you are interested in hearing more or looking to donate please email me at: OrionPsychotherapy@gmail.com or Join The Facebook Group

Through monthly individual and group sessions for a year, these artists will explore therapeutic themes in their work, develop skills to use expression as a form of self-care and have direct support for their challenging life career path in the arts. Individual sessions will enable participants to develop and investigate deeper personal themes due to the confidential nature of the work.

 

Group sessions will occur over a 2-hour period; the first hour will serve as an open space for processed-based work while the second hour will have a more structured theme as it relates to the development of the participants’ work.

:Group themes over the year:

Month 1-3: These first sessions will be dedicated to establishing group rapport— residents will share their personal narratives and begin an exploration of how their creative processes are therapeutic in nature. During this time the group will begin establishing norms and what is known as a “forming phase” in group work.

Months 4-8: These months will provide space for residents to visit each others studios. The residents’ relationship to their art is developing as a coping tool and how their process of art making is an expression/metaphor of other patterns in their life will be brought into focus.

Months 9-12: For the last four months the group will develop a group piece for the final show and collaboratively curate their show while keeping alive the themes of the previous sessions. A group session will be held live to anyone who donates and supports the TAR Project.

 

Round One: Jury Panel

Neda Abghari, The Creatives Project

Matt Rosenthal, WonderRoot

Lauren Garvey, Atlanta Teen Mentor

Stephanie Pharr, Independent Artist

Orion Crook, Orion Psychotherapy

Special Thanks to the Robert and Polly Dunn Foundation, Wiremaster Electric, and Binder Art Supply for their Sponsorships

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Donors: Allie Royce Soble, Kent Crook, Sabrina Walker, The Sockwell Family, Kristen Guevara, Aaron Cantrell, Matthew Lehosit, Sharieffa Muhammad, Joonas Niiholm, Joe Winter, and  Corian Ellisor

Therapy has many ranges of possibility, we hope that you see this as we do. Therapy is often for the everyday individual who wants to push further into their health, spirit, and potential. There is no diagnoses needed for this residency, just the desire to push further into your will to become. 

We see the definition of “artists” as very broad and encourage those who aren’t traditional artist to apply (say you’re a massage therapist who could make prints formed by pushing down of your client’s bodies that explore the massage techniques you use or would like to explore performance art accessing your massage skills or a Drag Queen, musicians welcomed, art outside the box).

 

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