The Armory has an inspiring project and message for our Art of the Phoenix artists, from licensed mental health counselor Brian Wood, about creative expression during difficult times. Take this time to explore the artistic possibilities through these fun exercises.
The Art of the Phoenix at the Armory offers therapeutic art classes taught by Armory instructors, along with a mental health counselor to aid in the recovery of young adults with trauma . Through making art with therapeutic guidance, they can develop a sense of empowerment, facilitate the ability to express and label emotions, provide a forum for exploring feelings, a sense of autonomy, help identify personal growth goals, and reduce anxiety. Group classes also include a discussion of the artist's artwork and wrap up/processing discussions.
A photo from one of our 2019 Art of the Phoenix classes, Wheel Thrown Pottery.
What is the Art of the Phoenix?
The Armory Art Center began the Art of the Phoenix program in partnership with the Human Trafficking Coalition of Palm Beaches in September 2015 to help teens and young adults who are dealing with trauma from human trafficking. The program is expanding in 2019 to broadly include those who have experienced past trauma from any circumstance.
The mission of the Art of the Phoenix program is to provide art classes and counseling techniques in a safe space that gives students who have experienced past trauma methods to face their feelings and challenges in healthy ways.
Healing elements of the lesson plans include:
• Surrendering resentments
• Dealing with anger
• Building self esteem
• Forgiving others
• Loving self
Join Our Classes
If you have experienced past trauma and would like to participate in the Art of the Phoenix healing art program, contact Brian Wood, LMHC.