‘Falling for Art’
The Art Therapy Project’s annual fall fundraiser, Falling for Art, brought out hundreds of supporters on November 2 and raised close to $100,000 for art therapy programs for survivors of trauma in our community. Through the incredible generosity of the evening’s guests, auction donors, artists and volunteers, The Art Therapy Project will be able to continue guiding clients to turning negative energy positive and move forward with their lives.
As Founder and Chairman David Wasserman reported in his remarks, The Art Therapy Project has served nearly 5,000 clients since opening its doors, and the organization remains deeply committed to growing the influence and impact of art therapy.
As someone for whom that impact is personal, a long-time client was the evening’s main speaker. Choosing not to be identified, she explained, “The Art Therapy Project provides women veterans with a space to work through issues related to post-traumatic stress disorders.” She added, “Sometimes the therapy part is not comfortable. We learn from each other's experiences and confessions. Whatever it is, it will be unveiled through our art… We realize our creations are powerful statements.”
Billed as an interactive evening of art making, the program featured hands-on collage workshop guided by renowned collagist Lizzie Gill. Guests were also invited to share their thoughts and imagery on The Wishing Tree after watching a digital exhibit featuring more than 70 works of art created by clients.
The Silent Auction featured beautiful one-of-a-kind hearts created by three dozen artists who understand the role of art in healing. Ranging from a “simple pen and ink” drawing of legendary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo to a mixed-media interpretation of Lady Liberty, the hearts ranged in value up to $1000. A Live Auction with three great trips to New York City, Hollywood and Maui generated enthusiastic bidding, followed by a Paddle Raise which brought in more than $35,000 for art therapy programs.
The Art Therapy Project is grateful to all of the event sponsors: School of Visual Arts, Andrews Organization; ORSID Realty; Morgan Stanley/Jeffrey Putterman; Aquarius Aquariums; Elisa Contemporary Art; Breads Bakery; Brooklyn Brewery; GuS-Grown-up Soda; herb-n-peach Catering; KRIS Wine and Reyka Vodka.