Grant for women’s art therapy classes
Art therapy workshops to help women recovering from grief, trauma and crime will be held later this year, after Creative NZ decided to grant $ 1000 in funding to the project.
The program will be run by the South Canterbury Women’s Wellness Centre, which has arranged an art therapy tutor to take a series of free workshops.
A centre spokeswoman who organised the programme said it was ‘ ‘ not just free art classes’’.
‘‘ You get to make statements about who you are, what you stand for, and maybe what you won’t stand for anymore.’’
Centre member Michelle Thew said the workshops would be held in August or September.
It was the first time the centre had held an art workshop, and it would hopefully help to develop the creativity of people who took part, Thew said.
It was about women expressing themselves in ways they would not usually do, and was designed to be cathartic.
While people aspired to be ‘ ‘ well and happy’’ sometimes things happened in their lives where it was not possible.
Women typically came to the centre for support for a variety of reasons, including issues related to fertility and pregnancy, as well as mental health and wellbeing and emotional support.
People could self- refer to become part of the class, or be referred from other agencies, Thew said.
She thought numbers would be limited to 30 or 40 people, and there would be four workshops in total.
The Creative NZ funding was announced at a Timaru District Council local arts scheme subcommittee meeting last month, and Thew said the organisation was grateful for the financial support.
The centre still had to arrange for a counsellor to be involved in the workshops, Thew said.
Seven other groups also received funding at the subcommittee meeting.
They included Timaru Boys’ High School, the Temuka Patchwork Group, and the Geraldine District Development and Promotions Association, for their Geraldine Winterlights Festival in July.
SC Women’s Wellness Centre member Michelle Thew.