Artists Plus Trauma-Informed Practice for Youth

Co-presented with the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation

What unique role do the arts play in supporting communities and individuals who are impacted by trauma?  Join us for this conversation among practitioners and policy-makers in the behavioral health and arts communities. Dr. Sandra Bloom (School of Public Health, Drexel University and founder of the Sanctuary Model) will share fundamentals about the impacts of trauma (which may include abuse, poverty or violence in the community) and dig deeply into how creativity and expression can support healing and resilience for those who have experienced trauma.  Artists from ArtWell, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and the Village of Arts and Humanities will lead interactive sessions to share strategies for integrating the arts for youth (visual art, writing, video) with trauma-informed practice. Come ready to add your experience to the conversation and leave with more tools, networks and resources to support your community…and yourself.

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Dance TAG! Body Percussion

The body is a universally available instrument for creating rhythmic, musical orchestrations composed of claps, slaps, and stamps. Body percussion is a very accessible and playful tool for teaching rhythm, musicality, and physical coordination, as well as inspiring group engagement and positive peer interactions. It can be done in small spaces, with adults and children, and lends itself to simplicity and complexity as needed. Nothing required but the body and some concentration! Dance TAG’ers will come away with a fresh and useful skill set, and will have a lot of fun in the process!

Judy Freed is a dancer, musician, theater artist, and experiential therapist, based in Philadelphia. She directed P3 (People Percussion Project), a body percussion dance company, and currently teaches body percussion to students of all ages.