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Studio-Based Artmaking to Support Emotional & Behavioral Health

Professional Development workshops for art teachers

Workshop Information:
Presenters: Lisa Furman, Jason Cruz
Topic: Studio-Based Artmaking to Support Emotional & Behavioral Health
Location: Urbano Project, 29 Germania St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Description: 
Join Raw Art Works for a participatory workshop that builds on their healing-informed approach to studio-based art-making. RAW is known for its outstanding social and emotional approach to art education, rooted in art therapy. By offering healthy role modeling, positive forms of expression and exploration of healthy self-identity, their model improves young people’s quality of life.

RAW’s recent work has focused on teens and young men of color in RAW’s after-school setting because of cultural trauma that can complicate their pathways to adulthood. A raft of barriers include systemic biases, social stigma, limited resources, educational impoverishment, intergenerational trauma and persistent discrimination. RAW’s focus on using art-based techniques to support emotional and behavioral health spreads outward and is relevant to all students in our classrooms.

In this workshop, learn from RAW’s research, students’ artwork and group vignettes. Engage in art-based experiences that draw on this open-studio, community- based model, which promotes a strong sense of identity. And leave with a toolbox of skills to support students’ emotional and behavioral health in the art room. Presenters Lisa Furman and Jason Cruz work at Raw Art Works. Based in Lynn MA, RAW’s mission is to ignite the desire to create and the confidence to succeed in underserved youth.

Light dinner will be served. Please submit any dietary restrictions upon registration. Registration closes Thursday, November 14 at 5pm. 


Presenter information:
Lisa Furman is RAW’s Program Director. She worked as an art therapist and clinical coordinator in psychiatric, educational and community-based programs in the New York City area for over 25 years. A published author, she is an adjunct faculty member at New York University and former director of the graduate art therapy program at Albertus Magnus College, in New Haven CT.

Jason Cruz, a Master’s-level expressive arts therapist with a focus in the visual arts, is RAW’s Clinical Supervisor. A group leader at RAW since 1996, he co-leads the RAW Chiefs teen mentoring program and launched Good 2 Go, a public art initiative in which boys work with adults in the community to beautify spaces. He has worked with youth who are receiving court-mandated therapy, are gang-involved, have learning differences and addictions. In addition to his work at RAW, Jason serves as Youth Minister at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, where he started The Spot, a drop-in center offering academic, emotional, spiritual and social support to youth in Grades 8-12. With his wife, he also runs Cruz Art Designs, a small artisan wearables business with the tagline: “Makin’ life a little more wearable.”


Workshop Series Information:
Our professional development workshops this year focus on social, emotional and behavioral health and wellbeing – in teachers, in students, through art making. These workshops are open to teachers, teaching artists, parents and other interested adults. You may attend all three or choose among them:

Teachers are eligible to receive 10 PD Points after completion of the entire 3-part series plus submission of a completed lesson plan. Ask us for details.

Eliot School instructors and staff, please obtain a Coupon Code from Partnership staff to waive the tuition fee; enter this code in your registration form.

Jason Cruz

Jason Cruz

Jason Cruz, a Master’s-level expressive arts therapist with a focus in the visual arts, is Clinical Supervisor at Raw Art Works/RAW, in Lynn, MA. A group leader at RAW since 1996, he co-leads the RAW Chiefs teen mentoring program and launched Good 2 Go, a public art initiative in which boys work with adults in the community to beautify spaces. He has worked with youth who are receiving court-mandated therapy, are gang-involved, have learning differences and addictions.

In addition to his work at RAW, Jason serves as Youth Minister at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, where he started The Spot, a drop-in center offering academic, emotional, spiritual and social support to youth in Grades 8-12. With his wife, he also runs Cruz Art Designs, a small artisan wearables business with the tagline: “Makin’ life a little more wearable.”

Specialty: 
Expressive Art Therapy

Lisa Furman

Lisa Furman

Lisa Furman is Program Director at Raw Art Works/RAW, in Lynn, MA. A registered, board certified art therapist, she previously worked as a clinician and program director in psychiatric, educational and community based programs with children, adults and families in the New York City and Connecticut area for over 35 years. She is a member of the American Art Therapy Association Ethics Committee and she lectures on current issues in art therapy ethics.

A published author, she is an adjunct faculty member at New York University and former director of the graduate art therapy program at Albertus Magnus College, in New Haven, CT, with previous time as an adjunct faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, in New York City. Her book, Ethics in Art Therapy: Challenging Topics for a Complex Modality, is available for purchase on line.

Specialty: 
Art Therapy
Materials & Tools:

All materials will be provided in class.