Carrier Clinic® Conference Brings Artists and Therapists Together to Discuss Healing Benefits of Art
Carrier Clinic®, an NJ psychiatric hospital and recovery center, announced that it will be hosting a full-day conference, entitled “The Healing Science of Art,” on its campus in Belle Mead on Thursday, September 24.
The first conference of its kind in the region, “The Healing Science of Art” was produced to help bring together artists and therapists in an experiential and educational forum.
The conference, which will run from 8 am – 4:30 pm, will feature keynote speaker Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH; faculty at Harvard School of Public Health, and Founder of the Foundation for Art and Healing. The conference will also feature a Panel Discussion, “How do you know it’s therapeutic?” led by Carrier Clinic CEO Donald J. Parker, LCSW, and featuring Eva Mantell from the Arts Council of Princeton, Nancy Edwards, CSW, LCADC, Artist/Photographer; Jacquese Armstrong, Poet & Mental Health Advocate and Edie Elkan, MA, Bedside Harp. Other presenters include Crista Orefice, Music Therapist from Carrier Clinic; Kenneth Kinter, Assistant Professor, Ancora Psychiatric Hospital.
In the afternoon, participants will have their choice of attending two hands-on activity sessions to experience different forms of art therapy. Sessions include Horticulture therapy, Drum circle, Art project, Poetry reading, or Sand therapy.
Concurrent to the conference, The Arts Council of Princeton will be coordinating a “Paint-out” for artists from around New Jersey, who will be painting the recycled glass double-hung windows recently removed during Carrier Clinic’s $21 million building and renovation effort. These windows are just a part of Carrier Clinic’s Healing Arts Initiative which has plans to expand the current clinical program by adding original artwork to the walls of each unit, hallways, and common areas on the campus. Conference attendees will be encouraged to walk the grounds to observe the artists while they work. Jeff Nathanson, executive director of the Arts Council of Princeton, says “this endeavor is a way of ‘rescuing, reframing and re-interpreting’ these pieces of Carrier’s history. I have to commend Carrier Clinic for their commitment to the arts as a vehicle of healing.”
Donald Parker, CEO of Carrier Clinic states, “we’re honored to be the first behavioral healthcare organization in this region to create synergy between artists and therapists in an educational conference. Together, we can provide hope, change a life, or as I like to say, Restore Human Nature.”
Other organizations supporting the conference include NAMI NJ, NJAMHAA, ArtPride NJ, The Alliance for Arts & Health and the Arts Council of Princeton. This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
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