The MPS Art Therapy Department is bringing art therapist and alumnus Jim Andralis (MPS 2006 Art Therapy) to SVA for the latest installment of its ongoing lecture series. Using the title Killing Me Comically, Andralis will discuss the adolescent groups that he runs at The Family Center, a nonprofit organization that provides support and services for children whose parents have a life-threatening disease. He will look at how members incorporated him into their comic books as a character, the grisly fate he often met and how it reflects the therapeutic relationship cultivated with his clients. The talk takes place on Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 – 8pm, 133/141 West 21st Street, room 101C. Free and open to the public; attendees must RSVP to [email protected] or 212.592.2610.
Later in the month, the department is presenting its Spring Benefit event. Taking place on Thursday, March 27, 6 – 9pm, at The Guild (45 West 21st Street, 2nd floor, suite 39), the proceeds will support AT Focus: Creative Partnerships, a program that provides free group art therapy services to community-based organizations in New York City and professional training for students with financial need. The benefit will be presented in conjunction with an opening for the department’s first juried exhibition, “Visual Reflections,” on view March 27 – 29 at The Guild. The suggested donation for the benefit is $5 – 15; for more information, contact [email protected].