Hosted by the Associate Board, the 17th annual Art in Motion raises funds for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Art Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation programs and features original artworks by our very own patient artists. Check out the photos from last years event!
Artists, business, professional and civic leaders enjoy a lively cocktail party with music, raffle, refreshments and patient artwork which is on display and for sale at the event. The evening also provides many opportunities to interact with our patient artists and hear about their stories, inspirations and how the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab has impacted their lives.
The Art Therapy program at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is based on the belief that the creative process facilitates a mind-body connection and assists patients in exploring intense emotions accompanying the rehabilitation process. It encourages self-expression, reduces stress and anxiety, and promotes healing and self-awareness. Individual and group art therapy sessions focus on building resiliency through the promotion of self-esteem and functional independence. Patients explore new possibilities to approach their lives and discover strengths through adaptation of art materials. They are able to engage in art with the highest level of independence and find freedom in the artistic process.
Art Therapy Benefits Patients By:
- Increasing emotional adjustment to disability and managing anxiety and depression related to changes in functioning.
- Creating a space and time for patients to mourn their losses, come to terms with the impact of illness on their physical and psychological functioning.
- Providing a non-verbal means of communication for patients who may not be able to express themselves otherwise.
- Enhancing fine motor skills and coordination.
The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Art Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation programs, both crucial and unique, are provided to patients at no cost. These programs are fully funded by the dollars raised at Art in Motion. To support these important programs, our goal is to raise at least $550,000 for Art Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation with this year’s Art in Motion event.