Current students of the Department of Art Education Art Therapy Program are actively promoting art therapy in the community through a variety of public outreach opportunities. By offering art activities in a wide array of social events, the greater Tallahassee area gains meaningful information on the innumerable benefits of art therapy.
The students boast monthly involvement in the popular evening activity, First Friday (hosted every first Friday of the month at Railroad Square, the local “artsy” district in Tallahassee). Students set up a booth and make art therapy directives available for the community, as a whole. In addition to First Friday, the students participate with self-care events hosted at Florida State University Wellness Center. And these are just the preliminary steps to further outreach into the community.
Further plans for involvement are in the works, including participation in Tallahassee’s Seventh Annual “Scare in the Square”. This family-friendly event is offered by the historic Railroad Square and will feature carnival games, costume contests, and other Halloween activities promoted by community venders. Alongside these participants will be Florida State University Art Therapy Association, offering the opportunity to engage in fun filled art making. They will be hosting a table, featuring free Halloween inspired art activities, to people of all ages.
The FSU Art Therapy Association is always looking for ways to get involved in the community and to encourage people to experience art therapy. The Association is hoping to branch out into further areas of the city into new populations. The Association is excited to be involved with a community that truly embraces art therapy and looks forward to future creative endeavors.