Rochele Royster — Session II

Breathing through fiber:

Healing communities through the arts

Rochele Royster, M.S., M.A.A.T (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

This experiential workshop will introduce participants to the use of communal art making practices – art as therapy – to build community and to heal and resist systemic oppression and community violence. Participants will learn how community-based art therapy can build and heal communities intrinsically using an ecological model. The heART Project will be discussed, as well as how a grassroots approach to art making, ritual, and safe spaces created a wave of healing and understanding through communities in Chicago. This workshop provides a rare professional development opportunity for participants to make a Doll 4 Peace to contribute to an art installation to memorialize victims of gun violence while simultaneously creating a memorial of resistance by crafting a doll. This therapeutic technique is a healing practice for self-care, empowerment, and purpose-setting. Participants will take time to breathe and honor the gifts and baggage we carry as survivors, advocates, activists, and social justice warriors/practitioners.