TCVA Walkthrough Expressive Arts

The expressive arts use imagery, storytelling, movement, music, drama, poetry, dreamwork and visual arts, in an integrated way, to foster human growth, development and healing.

The works gathered in this exhibition by Appalachian’s Expressive Arts Therapy Program faculty, students and alumni offer poignant examples of attunement to present moments, both mundane and calamitous. They contemplate questions about and notice deep connections to grief, suffering, joy, nature, community, identity, spirituality and social movements for change. Each piece also elicits in viewers a heightened sensitivity, inviting us to tune in empathetically to the emotional states and life conditions of others.

Expressive arts therapy embodies a radical democratization of creative expression, rejecting typical dichotomies between expert vs. amateur, paid vs. useful and art vs. craft, insisting instead that we all have within us creativity that we can learn to use for searching inwardly and serving outwardly.

Expressive art work, then, is process-oriented work. When viewing expressive artwork, we are viewing a product that represents a process of self-discovery, growth and knowledge building. For this reason, we encourage you to read the artist’s statement that accompanies each work in the exhibition’s Gallery Notebook.

Harnessing the human need and capacity for creativity to promote physical, emotional and spiritual healing and growth, for both individuals and communities, the artwork in this exhibition serves as a powerful testament to the value of multi-modal creative expression.

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