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FREE Art Therapy for COVID-19 First Responders

Join us on Saturday, April 11th, from 10-11am EST on Zoom for a group art therapy session. No experience necessary! Just bring yourself (virtually) with some basic supplies like paper and any other media (markers, pencils, etc) you have around. We will spend an hour in self-care, providing a space in which to process using creativity and mindfulness. Email aimee@artincommon.org if you are interested. RSVP by Thurs, April 9th for your spot!

Dedan “Two” Davenport – Graffiti Artist

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Hi, hope you enjoy this 1-month graffiti gratitude journal. Growing up graffiti art helped me through many challenges. As an adult, I have worked with to use the skill to improve mindfulness and emotional intelligence in service to the community. I received a BFA from Pratt and a master’s in clinical social work from Fordham. Through working as a therapist and care manager for children, adults and now helping seniors live safely at home who would otherwise have to live in a nursing facility; I have consistently witnessed the arts ability to help people of all ages manage complex emotions, better process uncertainty and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

As a meditation practitioner, I have found the practice of mindfulness and gratitude to be transformational. Harvard researcher Shawn Achor has shown that writing 3 new things we are grateful for every day for just 21 days can increase our optimism levels for up to 6 months. This booklet is an effort to engage in a healthy practice, in a fun and engaging way. I hope you or someone you care for can benefit from it.

Thank You,

Dedan “Two” Davenport

Donate to our Pride Youth Mural!

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June is PRIDE MONTH!! In partnership with the Connecticut Art Therapy Association, our high school interns are developing and creating a Pride Youth Mural to be applied at the Trailer Box Gallery in Danbury, CT. The Trailer Box Gallery has a 40-foot x 15-foot wall, and they generously allow non-profits and other artists like us to create art, inviting the community to instill connection and collaboration! But we need your help with the supplies! Please donate today to help create a safe, creative space for our LGBTQIA+ youth to express and share.

Art in Common, Inc. is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 81-2155669.

You can also send checks made out to Art in Common, Inc., and mail to:
Art in Common, Inc.
P.O. Box 839
Ridgefield, CT. 06877

Ignition: An Evening of Poetry

On Friday, February 22, 2019, at 7 pm, Art in Common will host “Ignition,” an evening of poetry at the Ridgefield Library. Poets of all ages and walks of life will come together to give voice to their dreams and fears. Art in Common believes that the Arts should be accessible to everyone and that creativity fuels life and enriches a community. This event will bring to life those principles and provide an evening of entertainment and provocative thought.

It should be a great evening of creativity and connection. As the Nobel prize-winning Chilian poet Pablo Neruda wrote, “Poetry is an act of peace.” In these heightened, divisive times, we look forward to a reprieve through the heartfelt exchange from poets from many walks of life.  

For information on upcoming events and ways to get involved, visit: http://www.artincommon.org or on Facebook at @ArtinCommonNonprofit

Contact info:
Aimee Jette, President
1-203-253-4837
aimee@artincommon.org
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Connecting Communities of Resilience Through Art Therapy

February 14, 2019 marks the one-year anniversary of the shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Our goal is to reach communities who are traumatized using art. How do we help ourselves heal, and others recover? A community art exchange is a place to start. Students will create individual imagery on 6” x 6” adhesive vinyl sheets using various media that will then be adhered to mural material and delivered to Parkland, Florida. We believe there is power in numbers and in being remembered. It’s an uplifting, positive, safe way to connect. The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School district community had the opportunity to send messages to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and their families. They must know they are not alone. It is an opportunity to generate hope and come from a place of resilience.

Our aim was to:

    • Promote healing
    • Increase communication with others regarding traumatic events
    • Gain an understanding of community outreach and benefits through art
    • Create a template for connecting communities after a tragedy

Adjunct assistance will be provided by a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Creative Arts Therapy Graduate Students from Hofstra University as well as other volunteers. A two-day session was offered to students at Kennedy High School on Tues. Jan 15th, Wed. Jan 16th, 2019. The artifact from this project (the art quilt) will be used to generate public interest and bring attention to this programming and encourage funding for future projects. The experience will be recorded with the hopes of submission for publication and presentation at the 2019 American Art Therapy Conference so other communities may learn from this significant pilot project. Our hope is that future sessions will be held for Long Beach High School, Uniondale High School, and others. 

An Evening of Poetry: “Home”

Thursday, February 15th, 7pm
Some feel that home is where the heart is… For others, the act of defining home is tumultuous and complex. The idea of home is shifting for many in our current political environment.
 
What does home mean to you?

Join us on Thursday, February 15, 2018, Art in Common, Inc., a nonprofit based in Ridgefield, Connecticut will host “Home,” an evening of poetry and art at the Ridgefield Library.  Poets of all ages and walks of life will come together to give voice to their dreams and fears through verse in a program honoring their ideas of “Home”.

Art In Common believes that the Arts should be accessible to everyone and that creativity fuels life and enriches a community. This event will bring to life those principles and provide an evening of entertainment and provocative thought.

FREEDOM & UNITY MURAL 2017

 

“Expressions,” an Evening of Poetry

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On Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 7pm, Art in Common will host “Expressions,” an evening of poetry at the Ridgefield Library. Poets of all ages and walks of life will come together to give voice to their dreams and fears through verse in a program honoring the spirit of Black History month and led by local historian, Dr. Hampton Carey. Art In Common believes that the Arts should be accessible to everyone and that creativity fuels life and enriches a community. This event will bring to life those principles and provide an evening of entertainment and provocative thought.

Among those reading on February 16th will be Akbal Radjab who moved to Bridgeport, CT, from Tanzania in late 2015. He is a dedicated poet, who composes in both his native Swahili and increasingly in English. Since being in the US, he has worked closely with Fairfield University in various mentoring programs and was a special guest and poet on WSHU. Mr. Radjab has participated in several Art in Common events, including the Freedom and Unity Mural.Another featured poet will be Aaron Fagan who is the author of two books of poetry, Garage and Echo Train. His work has appeared in a variety of literary journals including The American Poetry Review, The London Magazine, Poem-A-Day by The Academy of American Poets, and The Yale Review. His latest manuscript was a finalist for The National Poetry Series.

And there are many more…It should be a great evening of creativity and connection. Please join us at Ridgefield Library on February 16th at 7:00.  As the Nobel prize winning Chilian poet Pablo Neruda  wrote , “Poetry is an act of peace.” In these heightened, divisive times, we look forward to an reprieve through the heartfelt exchange from poets from many  walks of life.  

For information on upcoming events and ways to get involved, visit: http://www.artincommon.org or on Facebook at @ArtinCommonNonprofit

Art in Common, Inc.
P.O. Box 839
Ridgefield, CT. 06877

FREEDOM & UNITY MURAL 2016

Incredibly powerful, a 100-foot-mural by Graffiti Artists for a Positive Cause and some very aspiring kids relocated from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Rwanda. Art in Common, Inc. hosted this event on a cold blustery day at Jim Felice’s Trailer Box Gallery in Danbury, CT. on Dec. 3rd, 2016.
The result? An opportunity to give a voice and teach some wicked graffiti techniques. https://www.facebook.com/ArtinCommonNonprofit/
The mural is an powerful example of what is possible when a group combine’s creativity, expression, welcoming and truly “seeing” one another. Thank you to Alex Wattles for bringing the propane heater and amazing sound system!

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Art in Common, Inc. is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 81-2155669.

You can also send checks made out to Art in Common, Inc. and mail to:
Art in Common, Inc.
P.O. Box 839
Ridgefield, CT. 06877