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March 26, 2019 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Faculty/Administration #2339 | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty

The Humanities Center is proud to present as a part of its Brown Bag Series, a talk persented by Holly Feen-Calligan, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Art Therapy, College of Education; Elsie Aquino-Gonzalez, PhD, Curriculum & Instruction K-12, College of Education; Jill Galsterer, College of Education Student ; David Sniderman, College of Education Student.


Art therapy is a profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through the active art-making, creative process, and applied psychological theory within a therapeutic relationship. To practice art therapy requires a master’s degree, and Wayne State University offers the only graduate Art Therapy Program in Michigan.

This presentation describes some of the unique features of Wayne State’s curriculum: a ten week community art program titled, Saturday Art Therapy Workshop. It is offered during Fall semesters since 1992. Graduate students in art therapy fulfill their practicum requirement by facilitating individual and group art therapy sessions with children and adults from ages 5-80+.

Participants enroll in the program for a variety of reasons, for instance, desiring creative ways to process grief,  for  increased self-awareness, to manage stress, and/or for the experience of making art and socializing with others.

The presentation will also feature  the students’ and participants’ experiences from  the Fall 2018 Workshop as well as a short video about the program produced  by Dr. Elsie Aquino Gonzalez of Wayne State University.

These talks are free and open to the public! We also provide free coffee, tea, and cake!

For more information about this event, please contact Humanities Center at 3135775471 or