Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Welcome Back to 2017-2018 School Year!
How was your summer?  Some summer's are so good... they are a little hard to shake. 
Hope yours was good to you and you are left daydreaming just a little about
something you did or accomplished.
I am always excited to return to school each year!  
And yet...
 I am reminded that not every student enters that first day with the same sense of excitement as some of their teachers and peers. 
Parents and Teachers:
Here are a few inspirational quotes to share and discuss with your kids to help them keep this time of their life in perspective and not give up or give in.

And Finally...
One for all the grown-ups teaming to help each student!
  As we strive for excellence and help each student reach their potential, let's not forget that this is only a piece of making our students and our world truly excellent!

Have a great School Year!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Thank You and Happy Summer!

As we close up the Art Therapy Rooms
for the Summer,

We want to thank all the staff, parents, guardians, families for all of the communication and support.

We'd like to thank our Art Therapy Intern Miss Damaris Reed 
Congratulate her on attaining her Master's Degree in Art Therapy Counseling from SIU-E!

...And most importantly we would like to thank our students for another successful year of creative art making and personal growth.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

ARTSY 2017

You are cordially invited to attend the:

20th Annual ARTSY Exhibit
Art Opening
Saturday    April 22, 2017   1:00-3:00

Enjoy the art, refreshments, live performances.

Jacoby Arts Center
627 East Broadway
Alton, IL 62002
(618) 462-5222

We hope to see you at the Opening Celebration!
If you are not able to join, drop by the gallery any time between April 22nd to Thursday, April 27th.

General Gallery Hours (per website)
Wednesday-Saturday, 12:00-4:00pm

Closed Sunday through Tuesday

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Creative Arts Therapies Week: March 12-18, 2017

The National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Association (NCCATA) established the Creative Arts Therapy Week to be in the third week in March in the United States and Canada. 
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the value of all the creative arts therapy like art, dance, music, drama, and poetry as primary therapeutic treatments in a variety of  rehabilitative, medical, community, and educational settings. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Workshop Opportunity for Professionals

Professionals (Teachers, mental health professionals, child life specialists, etc.) who would like to increase their knowledge and skills in regard to recognizing and responding to children who have experienced trauma are invited to participate to an event lead by Alton School District art therapist Kathy Simones. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017 

1:00 pm to 4 pm 

Kathy Simones, ATR-BC, LCPC 

will present: 

"Responding to Children with Childhood Trauma"

the St. Louis Children's Hospital

1 Childrens Pl, 
St. Louis, MO 63110

This event is sponsored by the Missouri Art Therapy Association (MATA). CEC available 

Please read the following brochure for additional details. Feel free to contact Megan Barron at mbarron00@gmail.com if you have further questions!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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Thank you!
-The Alton School District Art Therapist

Friday, August 19, 2016

Welcome Damaris Reed!

2016-2017 Art Therapy Intern

Hello all, my name is Damaris Reed and I am very thankful for the opportunity to work here at Alton High School this school year as an Art Therapy intern. 

I am excited to get to be a part of the team here positively supporting and encouraging the students in their growth. 

My art therapy experience thus far has consisted of being an art enrichment provider at a Head Start in East Saint Louis, an art therapy intern at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, and an art therapy intern at Queen of Peace Center for recovering women. 

I am currently completing my last year in the Masters of Art Therapy Counseling Program at SIUE where I am researching the connections of Attachment Theory to Christian and non-Christian spiritualities and how the findings impact art therapist training. 

Please stop by any time, I would love to meet you all and answer any questions you may have!  

Image from SIU-E of Ceremonial Scarves created by students and alumnae of the SIU-E Art Therapy Counseling Program

Alton Community  Unit School District has maintained a positive working relationship with the Art Therapy Counseling Masters Degree program at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville since the District's school-based art therapy program was started. 

Most school years the district has benefited from having one or two art therapy interns who provide art therapy services under the supervision of the district art therapists and the university's professional staff.  With parental/guardian consent, students selected to work with the interns are provided full art therapy services for the duration of that school year.