Grant for women’s art ther­apy classes

South Canterbury Herald - - OUT & ABOUT - ELENA MCPHEE

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.

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