Art classes in high schools are often seen as extras and are among the first to be cut during tight budget times. But programs for Native youth utilize various expressions of art as a way to confront serious problems like depression, anxiety, substance abuse and traumatic stress. Art therapy is aimed at healing historical and inter-generational trauma. It’s more than expressive painting and sculpture. Some programs are backed by sophisticated strategies for bringing traumatized young people to a solid emotional setting for growth and healing. We’ll hear about how art therapy is making a difference for Native young people.
Carey MacCarthy – founder and executive director of Indigenous Healing Arts Alliance and a registered art therapist as well as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Stacy Bohlen (Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa) – executive director of the National Indian Health Board
Break 1 Music: Steadfast (song) Mr.Elive, Phillip Charette (artist) Tengaurtukut (album)
Break 2 Music: Euphony (song) Nitanis “Kit” Largo (artist) Serenity (album)