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Florida Art Therapy Association

By Alyssa Zirkman | January 11th, 2014 |

Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques.

Today art therapy is widely practiced in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers, forensic institutions, schools, crisis centers, senior communities, private practice, and other clinical and community settings. During individual and/or group sessions art therapists elicit their clients’ inherent capacity for art making to enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Research supports the use of art therapy within a professional relationship for the therapeutic benefits gained through artistic self-expression and reflection for individuals who experience illness, trauma, and mental health problems and those seeking personal growth.

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Review: Fruitvale Station and Coogler’s Portrayal of a Human

By Chloe Herring | July 30th, 2013 |


In a debut feature-length film, director and Bay Area-native Ryan Coogler shows how you get into the head of a mercurial, misunderstood black man: by spending a day in his shoes. And maybe his independent film Fruitvale Station doesn’t exactly opportune the audience a gamut of understanding into every black male’s mentality; but it does give a gracious glimpse into the affectionate bonds and touching aspirations as well a grim view into the frustrations and aimless decisions and that make up the man, but nonetheless take no bearing on an incident that tragically claimed the life of Oscar Grant.

Fruitvale Station, produced by Forrest Whittaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi, does not shy away from controversy as it opens with 2009 New Year’s Day footage of train station police officers battering a darkly clothed man. A crowd yells and pleads in protest for the detained individuals. And then one singular gun shot.

Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, Friday Night Lights), plays Oscar Grant who was fatally shot in the back by a police officer in 2009 at stop on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station after returning from a San Francisco firework show.

Fruitvale Station captures the essence of Oscar’s personality through his interactions. Jordan’s character will capture audiences who will relate to his aspirations to do better, the purpose that his daughter establishes to his life, the tension, trust and love for his girlfriend, and the merry social outing he shares with friends.

Moved along by Oscar’s phone activity, the too-literal on-screen text messages end with the culmination of planned New Year’s Eve celebrations. The film, following a striking rendition of the immediate interactions leading up to Oscar’s death, successfully amplifies the emotions of those individuals closest to him: his mother played by Octavia Spencer, his girlfriend played by Melonie Diaz, and his precious daughter Tatiana who is played by Ariana Neal.

His humor, sentimental moments shared with his family and child, and even his questionable choices leave the impression that Oscar is only human. But those same moments that make him human will tear at the heart of those who understand his death avoidable, unnecessary, unfair.

Director Ryan Coogler demonstrates serious potential for future projects with this film. Fruitvale Station sometimes delicately, at other times raucously but always thoughtfully portrays the day of internal and intimate battles, the struggles and triumphs of Oscar Grant. Coogler was likely touched by the tragedy of Oscar Grant’s death; the impassioned care that he demonstrates in Oscar’s character development is evident, making the film deserving of attention and certainly worth the watch. With his ability to shed comprehensive light on characters, expect powerful work from him in the future.