Initiatives and Goals

The plan for year 2024 and beyond

Therapeutic Art Party

We are seeing a growing number of art events focused on mental health. While this is valuable, we are invested in taking this to the next step with a more interactive experience. Art has the potential to change us, and by centering that as the intention of immersive and participatory art installations, we can move towards therapeutic transformative experiences. Artists will be able to submit proposals for installations that provide insight into the experience of being an artist. These installations may focus on enveloping viewers in the artistic process, conveying personal growth experientially, and elaborating on the underlying themes through interactive engagement, invoking work that evokes direct change.

Selected artists will receive a micro-residency with TAR and funding to develop and execute their ideas. At the end of the micro residency, the work will be presented at a Therapeutic Art Party. The event will consist of a day full of workshops, panels, art auction, and performances, and the interactive experiences created by the artists. The Party will culminate with an intentional therapeutic DJ set by Mind Bath, the current resident in the Therapeutic Artists Residency. The goal of the event is for all attendees to walk away resources, inspired, and changed in a deep, meaningful ways.

Development of The Art Resource:

A digital platform centering an Economy of Sharing

We believe in an Economy of Sharing and The Art Resource will be a digital platform that will facilitate exchanges between individuals and organizations across various categories, including:

  • Offering/seeking an apprenticeship
  • Offering/seeking materials (wood, styrofoam, excess paint, etc)
  • Offering/seeking tools (wood shops, kilns, etc)
  • Offering/seeking spaces (markets, popups, galleries, studios, etc)
  • Offering/seeking skills (experience with a particular medium, etc)

Alongside other offerings, such as a peer critique and support sessions, shared calendar, and links to Atlanta organizations that promote a similar values of generosity, bartering, collaboration, and sustainability. Our goal is to create an inclusive and accessible platform that goes beyond traditional online marketplaces by fostering a culture within Atlanta’s arts community creating an entry point for people who may not feel comfortable posting on other online at larger marketplaces such as Craigslist or are new to the city. We vision The Art Resource to be a place where someone who is new to the city, or is new to art-marking, can go and find relevant information in one place.

Art Making Altars

Over the past few years, we’ve created altars, installations, and at times, just made a space for art. We are committed to continuing the collection of art making supplies and locating partners to create spaces to make art at various events, such as town halls, underground events, protests, and community mutual aid events. These spaces allow individuals to process what they are going through – where art helps ground, elevate, articulate, and process dense experiences. Many times, the artwork created is representative of the individual’s experiences and desires. These art making spaces function as a place for people to step out when they are overstimulated, and serve as a place of connection and processing.

TAR Workshops

Continue offering work and play shops at the intersections of Art and Therapy