Jan 26th 2023

Artist Panel: Horticulture Therapy

@ International Museum of Surgical Science

1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610

Opening Thursday, January 26th, from 5PM - 6PM

On view through Sunday, February 12th

Presenters: Danielle DiCristofano (Juvenile Temporary Detention Center) and Eric Dean Spruth MA, ATR Art Therapist (Cermak / Cook County Jail)

Helping to inspire purpose, renewal, and self-care, our Horticultural Therapy programs, and related activities at the Cook County Temporary Detentions Center and the Cook County Jail’s mental health program promote healing and rehabilitation for people with special needs. Join us to look at the almost magical effect of horticultural therapy as it supports relaxation, accomplishment, and personal satisfaction.

This program is provided in connection with the current exhibition, “Art Therapy & Tarot: The Importance of Symbol; Then, Now, and Forevermore,” by Eric Dean Spruth, MA, ATR, on view through February 12, 2023. The programming series includes artist talks, guest speakers in the field, and engagement events, all surrounding the importance of Art Therapy and topics of healing, empowerment, remembrance, symbolism, and rebirth. For schedule information, visit https://imss.org/programs/.

Eric Dean Spruth, MA, ATR (Ph.D. Candidate, Walden University) is a highly accomplished art therapist, practicing in fields across disciplines, including his therapeutic works and services within tattooing, music, writing, body casting; mastering many art media in the name of service as an art therapist, in service to his special needs populations across the country and around the world. In “Art Therapy & Tarot: The Importance of Symbol; Then, Now, and Forevermore,” Spruth gives us a look into his most recent works encompassing a collage set of 78 tarot cards and the craft, history, and cultural importance of the media. The borderless symbolism surrounding tarot is not of one person but all people. Through the tarot deck, Spruth connects the importance of creating art in unique ways as therapy for his patients and himself.

For more information about the exhibit, visit https://imss.org/art-therapy-and-tarot/.

Accessible accommodations include a ramp entrance and elevator. If you need additional accessibility options please contact us at info@imss.org.

PARKING AND DIRECTIONS: https://imss.org/plan-your-visit/#nav

Questions? Contact us at info@imss.org.

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