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The Art Therapy Project

Overview

The Art Therapy Project is a nonprofit mental health organization providing free group therapy to adults and youth affected by trauma. Using art-making processes and with support from art therapists, clients learn how to explore feelings, increase self-awareness and cope with life’s challenges.

Grant

Purpose: To provide general support to provide art therapy programs for groups referred from New York City community partners.

The Illumination Fund provides general operating support to help cover the costs associated with professional development, research and related conference presentation expenses, and expanding the Continuing Education program. In addition, funds help underwrite systems upgrades, research, marketing materials and administrative support.

Impact

The Art Therapy Project currently partners with more than two dozen nonprofit organizations, offering 35+ art therapy groups throughout NYC. In collaboration with their partners, TATP offers 32 weekly and 3 monthly ongoing art therapy groups plus a number of special workshops. In 2019 in collaboration with 30 program partners, TATP provided a record number 1158 free art therapy sessions to 1014 clients– the fifth consecutive year for serving 1000+ clients. In addition, The Art Therapy Project:

  • Developed a new documentation tool to better communicate the intentionality of art therapy and offer insight into the subtle nuances of the therapy component of the work. Invited to present findings at three conferences.
  • Completed a strategic planning process and began implementation.
  • Organized and curated four client art exhibitions.
  • Introduced individual fee-for-service program.