We at times find ourselves feeling disconnected, isolated and misunderstood. This often speaks to our lack of community. Art is not often recognized as a form of community building or strengthening of the self or as a means of social change. This workshop seeks to offer the art process as an agent of social change. The workshop will illuminate how the art process is expansive enough to explore multiple realities, yet intimate enough to provide safety. Participants will discuss the art process and artist identity as a mechanism to build a dialogical space for community building, transformation and healing. This workshop will be primarily experiential with art making and will in itself be a dialogical space for community building self exploration.
Chelsea Leitner is a practicing art therapist and clinical therapist at the Queen’s Medical Center in the Day Treatment programs. She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. She obtained her BA at University of Washington and her MA in art therapy and counseling psychology at Naropa University. Chelsea continues to make her own art and enjoys interacting with other community members via the art process.