Monday, August 25, 2014

Hearts for Ferguson

Art therapist Susie Dietz McGaughey started an initiative at her work place, Great Circle, to support all the students in the Ferguson, MO, community and hopes that other schools and agencies will join her effort.

Susie was inspired by the I LOVE FERG campaign going on in the neighborhood and the desire of her students and staff to reach out and offer love and support to the children and families of Ferguson. Ferg/Flor students are finally headed back to school this week and they want to shower them with HEARTS to wear on their shirts or tie to their backpacks as a symbol of love and support t. There are over 11,000 students in the district so they need A LOT of hearts :)! Susie invites you, your kids, your students, your churches, your whole neighborhood to join Great Circle in creating Hearts For Ferguson as a symbol of community love and support!

Instructions are simple. Create a heart, cut it out, punch a hole in it and attach some ribbon or yarn. Use whatever materials you'd like but keep hearts on the smaller side...they will need to hang on backpacks or attach to shirts. Feel free to include a message but please keep them hopeful and positive as these will be going to young children. 

You can drop them off to me, Susie McGaughey, at Great Circle's Edgewood Children's Center campus or mail them there:

Attn: Susie McGaughey
Art Therapist
Great Circle
Edgewood Children's Center Campus
330 N. Gore
St. Louis, MO 63119

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ribbons of Hope: a Collaborative Community Art Project for Ferguson, Missouri

We are inviting the people from Ferguson and beyond to look toward the future while engaging in a creative process with potentially thousands of others. The ribbons will be displayed at 2 locations in Ferguson, with hopes of spreading to additional sites. The Ribbons of HOPE sites will provide a “safe space” for people to reflect, connect, commune and exchange dialogue. OUR HOPE is to encourage community connection, creative collaboration, expression & dialogue of HOPE, wishes, dreams and prayers~ as the community moves forward. Our WISH is that Ribbons of HOPE will be unifying, helping to nurture and strengthen community spirit and build bridges toward the future of Ferguson.

Material: Weather resistant ribbons 14-18” long
Permanent or paint markers

Directive: On a ribbon, write &/or draw with a permanent marker about your vision of hope toward the future, in a positive, creative, productive, prayerful, and/or wishful kind of way.

*Ribbons can be mailed to: Gussie Klorer, 200 Bemiston, Suite 309, Clayton, MO 63105. Timely completion of ribbons may be important.

Ribbons of HOPE is a partnership of the Adolescent Resource Center (ARC- a program of Queen of Peace Center) the Northern Arts Council, (NAC), Ferguson Youth Initiative (FYI) and Provident Counseling and the Missouri Art Therapy Association (MATA)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

URGENT: Trauma/Crisis Speakers Needed for staff training this Thursday at Ferguson-Florissant School District

Plea from Yolanda "Yodie" Rodgers-Garvin - Ferguson-Florissant District Social Worker

"Hello Friends, It's me Yolanda "Yodie" Rodgers-Garvin writing to share a need from Ferguson-Florissant School District (my employer) in response to the crisis happening in the City of Ferguson. We are in need of individuals (social workers, counselors or like professionals) or a group of agency presenters to share their expertise on Dealing, Recognizing and Assisting with Trauma/Crisis in school-age students, THIS THURSDAY, AUGUST 21 from 8 AM - NOON in order to help our students when they return to school on Monday. Presenters can share their knowledge in either 2 or 4 hours blocks of time. We are in need of 24 professionals to provide training in various buildings throughout the school district. The audience will be school building staff (Principals, teachers, custodial staff, administrative assistants, administration etc.) up to 100 or more staff per building. We know this is a very broad topic and want to convey to anyone who speaks that your creativity and information shared can be diverse in the way your message is presented. PowerPoint equipment will be available. Please call me, Yolanda Rodgers-Garvin for presentation details at 314-606-5787. If you cannot reach me, feel free to contact the individuals listed below for more details. If you or your group would like to be a speaker for our training contact: Jennifer Lane, Counseling Coordinator at 314-630-2792 or You may also contact Aimee Cacciatore, Director of Student Services at 314-541-5806 or 
Thank you so very much, 
Yolanda Rodgers-Garvin 
Ferguson-Florissant District Social Worker Office: 314-839-5959 (ext 280) Cell: 314-960-5593 (cell)"

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Missouri Art Therapy Association Member Meeting

The Missouri Art Therapy Association Board invites all MATA members and local art therapists to an open meeting on Monday August 10th at 7pm. The meeting will be held at St. Louis Children's Hospital1 Children's Pl, St Louis, MO 63110, Room PL 27

Please park in the garage off of Kingshighway and Children's Place, cross at the skywalk (2nd floor), obtain a visitor's badge at 2nd floor and take elevator down to floor PL. 

President Tracy Ehrhardt-Massa will lead a discussion on the integration of Art Therapists and our local chapter with the local St. Louis community. 

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