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.
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
This project will offer a Therapeutic Artists Residency to four Atlanta-based artists who are working towards careers in the arts. 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).
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 be used as a check-in for how 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. These months will also provide space for residents to bring in work and critique each other’s pieces as a group.
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. The 11th session will be held directly after the opening and will be open for special donors to view. The final session will be held after the show’s closing in private.
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
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