Project Middle East
Atlanta-based Foundation Expands Role in Jordan Registers as local NGO
Friday, June 20th, 2008 No comments
Atlanta-based ArtReach Foundation® announces the official registration of operation as a local non-governmental organization (NGO) in Jordan. The King Abdullah II Fund for Development has incubated the Atlanta-based nonprofit over the last eighteen months in Jordan. In its first official act as an NGO in Jordan, on June 23, Ms. Susan Anderson, The ArtReach Foundation, Founder & CEO, and Board Director, Mr. Christopher A. Morley, MPH, will present a special lecture at the International Medicine Academy ( meeting in Amman, Jordan. The lecture is titled “Is there a Role for Art Therapy for Stress Relief and Emotional Support for Patients...
From the Board Room to the Real Room (Linden’s Story)
Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 No comments
Written by Linden Longino: ArtReach Advisory Board Member and participant in the ArtReach Training Workshop sponsored by J.O.H.U.D., held in Amman, Jordan, Jan. 27-31, 2008 I am writing from Amman, Jordan — of all places, this! This ancient historical place; this revered Biblical place; this place that borders with a country at war to the east and a divided country in eternal conflict to the west; a place that is a calm oasis in a surrounding desert of tension. A place of beautiful and caring people, governed by a popular king. A place where many children need help. When I...
Activities in Saida
Wednesday, January 17th, 2007 No comments
As mentioned in the previous journal entry, the application of ArtReach-based activities have only just begun to bring healing and hope to children in Lebanon — and, in late December, as many as 300 children benefited from a full day of expressive art activities held in Saida, Lebanon. Under the supervision of their host, Tarek Abou Zeinab of the Hariri Foundation, the children were given the opportunity to express their feelings through drama (they enacted the Pandora story), art, poetry, and other group activities. During the lunch break, many children were overheard communicating their excitement over experiencing a full program...
The End is the Beginning
Sunday, January 7th, 2007 No comments
You may have wondered, over the past few weeks of reading this blog, if I’d ever finish processing my feelings from the ArtReach Institute training. Good news: Pandoro feels happy, peaceful, and whole. This might be the end of my personal, emotional narrative – and that’s a good thing, because there is more to discuss. Project Lebanon is a living program, so let’s turn our attention to the living application of the ArtReach method within Lebanon. Just as the gifted Project Lebanon participants had responded to my unspoken brokenness weeks ago, they have joined together to initiate outreach for the...
Everything Affects Everything
Thursday, December 28th, 2006 No comments
Everything affects everything. Have you noticed? Our daily choices and actions affect our lives, and the lives of those around us. And the choices and actions of yesterday — personal, professional, environmental, etc. — affect our choices and actions of today and tomorrow. Everything affects everything. Simple and profound. Remember the drawing in the Courage is Green journal entry? The drawing from Tuesday supplied the courage I needed for Wednesday and Thursday. Don’t laugh, because I’m being sincere: I consciously thought about my vibrant, green symbol of courage before walking to Thursday’s session. This might be a good reference point...
The Power of Symbols
Friday, December 15th, 2006 No comments
I’ll bet you read that last journal entry on Hope and scratched your head in wonder. In fact, I’ll join you — why would holding the gaze of Hope fill me with (sometimes unstoppable) tears? In the post-drama group discussion, the drama therapists brought attention to the closing scene, where Hope held Pandoro’s hand. When asked who had suggested that action for the scene, I nodded to Hope across the room to give her credit for the idea. It turns out, I was wrong. I had reached for Hope’s hand in a spontaneous, primal, symbolic gesture. The scene had affected...
Only Hope Remains
Thursday, December 14th, 2006 No comments
As Pandoro the young boy, I had assumed the Box would be filled with toys and hidden gifts. Not so. Frightening, mysterious characters swarmed around me, and I felt disoriented. In a thought fragment, I wondered what a child would do in the situation so that I could behave in character, but there wasn’t time for planning actions, everything was moving too rapidly. A character labeled Violence blurted her intentions in English, only I didn’t understand what she had said. Maybe she repeated her statements again in English, maybe she jumped directly into French, I really don’t know. Her facial...
Pandoro’s Tears
Thursday, December 14th, 2006 No comments
As you may have guessed, two of us chose the Pandora role and, given creative license to define our parts, we chose to play the role as sister, Pandora, and brother, Pandoro (me – I had volunteered for the part because I had suggested the myth, and I figured volunteering was the least I could do). From what I knew about the story, opening the box released chaos into the world; I thought it adequately symbolized an individual’s fear of opening up in group process — because what if one opens up and shares something painful, and then can’t put...
Lori’s Intentions
Wednesday, December 13th, 2006 No comments
For the curious, I am back in Atlanta writing from Studio Grille (location = terribly far from Rhodes). While today is clearly Dec. 13 and the ArtReach Institute training completed last week, I have found that my thoughts continue in “ArtReach mode” and my heart remains connected in spirit with my Project Lebanon friends. So, if you’re willing to listen, I am ready to continue “blogging” – there’s so much more to tell of my ArtReach Institute experience, and I get the feeling I will be processing related thoughts for many days to come. Back to Rhodes: To recap, Monday’s...
Courage is Green
Wednesday, December 6th, 2006 1 Comment
Each person was instructed to choose an individual strength and communicate that strength using art. The blank, unusually shaped pieces of paper on the floor were on their way to becoming metaphors for the people in the room. Rather than handing-out the pieces, or piling them in a stack, the art therapists leading the session, Stephanie Wise and Ashley Dorr, suggested that each person choose the piece from the floor that speaks to them. I appreciated the approach, since the selection of art materials is pivotal for self-expression; my chosen piece was shaped like a chubby half-moon – kind of...
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