FSU ATA students have been leading community art directives at Tallahassee’s Railroad Square on First Fridays. Each month, students initiate a new art directive and visitors to Railroad Square participate. Artwork and merchandise by FSU ATA are also on display.
The American Art Therapy Association defines art therapy as “a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being.”
In the spirit of the art for life philosophy, the FSU Art Therapy Program is focused on providing a superior education in art therapy theory, practice and research for graduate students so that they may offer exemplary services to those in need including the university and community-at-large.
For more information about FSU’s Art Therapy program please visit their website.
On the first Friday of each month, thousands of visitors attend the First Friday Gallery Hop at Railroad Square from 6pm to 9pm. Most of the shops and studios in Railroad Square are open for this lively event. At Railroad Square, you can visit more galleries and art studios in a single location than anywhere else in the city. Live music is played at several locations throughout the Park. Some of the galleries offer refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Larger galleries may feature exhibits from a variety of artists while smaller ones display their own new works.
For June’s First Friday, students from the FSU Art Therapy Association (FSU ATA) created 2 chalkboard carnival face boards and invited visitors to COME DRAW! It was a big hit – if you were not able to attend, we missed you! Check out a few of the creative people, creatures, and beasts below!