The Power of Art: Recycled Sculptures as Art Therapy and Eco-Resistance


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The Power of Art: Recycled Sculptures as Art Therapy and Eco-Resistance

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April 6 @ 12:00 PM 3:00 PM

2124 W. 82nd Place
Chicago, Illinois 60620 United States
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Light green text on a gray background. Background is a black and white photograph of wintertime trees shot from below, looking skyward. Small bits of sky are visible between the crisscrossing snow-covered branches. Text reads: "Free Eco Art Therapy Group."

Does the climate crisis keep you up at night? Do you feel hopeless and depressed thinking about the government’s response to climate change? Are you interested in activism? A eco-art therapy study called The Power of Art: Recycled Sculptures as Art Therapy and  Eco-Resistance is currently recruiting participants ages 18-26 to take part in an in-person art therapy workshop series. The study will take place on April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th from 12-3pm CT at Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange (CCRx). 

Participants will complete a survey, take part in group art therapy sessions focused on using recycled materials to make protest art, and have open discussion about climate grief and how protest art can be used to cope with despair about climate change. No art experience necessary, but participants must be able to commit to all four sessions.

Participation in this study is unpaid, but participants will get access to materials at CCRX and enrollment for free. Participants will also be able to keep the art pieces they create during the workshops.

Please read and complete the interest form to receive more information about enrollment.

Access Information

Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange (CCRx) is wheelchair accessible, and ASL interpretation is available by request. Please request ASL interpretation by Wednesday, April 3rd when you RSVP. If you have any questions about accommodations, please email Grace Gimpel at

Sponsor Information

The Power of Art: Recycled Sculptures as Art Therapy and  Eco-Resistance is brought to you by the Arts and Culture Project at Access Living, an independent living center for people with disabilities; Shirley Ryan Shirley Ryan Abilities Lab; Bodies of Work: Network of Disability Art and Culture; and the Disability Culture Activism Lab (DCAL), a teaching lab housed under the department of art therapy and counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

This program received generous funding from Healing IL: funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services in partnership with the Field Foundation. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

The contents of this workshop were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RTCP0005). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this workshop do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.