Graffiti Warehouse and Art Therapy
While Graffiti Warehouse itself does not provide art therapy, art therapy can be done on the premise. The warehouse is willing to provide blank canvas, markers, and a relaxing atmosphere to all those who take part in art therapy at its location. With it’s graffiti-decorated walls and extra large graffiti/street art canvases, Graffiti Warehouse is full of creativity, life, and expression and it serves an inspiration to all those who enter its doors.
Art Therapy Definitions
Per The American Art Therapy Association (AATA): Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. Research in the field confirms that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
Art therapy integrates the fields of human development, visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms), and the creative process with models of counseling and psychotherapy. Art therapy is used with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, groups, and families to assess and treat the following: anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional problems and disorders; substance abuse and other addictions; family and relationship issues; abuse and domestic violence; social and emotional difficulties related to disability and illness; trauma and loss; physical, cognitive, and neurological problems; and psychosocial difficulties related to medical illness. Art therapy programs are found in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics, public and community agencies, wellness centers, educational institutions, businesses, and private practices.
Per The Free Dictionary: Art therapy, sometimes called creative arts therapy or expressive arts therapy, encourages people to express and understand emotions through artistic expression and through the creative process.