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Art Therapy Program

Offered to those impacted by the Marshall Fire

The Town of Superior Cultural Arts and Public Spaces (CAPS) Committee, in partnership with the Superior Chamber of Commerce, is excited to offer a FREE Art Therapy program to those impacted by the Marshall Fire. This program was made possible by a generous $20,000 corporate sponsorship from Friday Health Plans, a health insurance company based in Denver. 

I found I could say things with color and shapes

that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for.

Georgia O’Keefe, artist

 

The task of therapy is not to eliminate suffering but to give a voice to it, to find a form in which it can be expressed. Expression is itself transformation; this is the message that art brings”. – Stephen Levine, poet

Registration now open for current residents of or those displaced from Superior, Louisville and Unincorporated Boulder County due to the Marshall Fire. The group artmaking sessions will be held by art therapists, Krista Reinhardt, MA, SPT of Louisville and Jamie Lynn Peschke, MA, RP. There will be six sessions monthly starting March 9 through December 2022. The sessions will take place at the Superior Chamber of Commerce Business Assistance Center at 300 Center Drive, Superior CO, 80027, located just south of Whole Foods parking lot in the Superior Marketplace.

May schedule is open, sign up today, click here.

  • The May art activity for all the groups will be creating a mosaic. We are inviting participants to bring any remnants they may want to include in a mosaic. We will also have materials there in the studio that people can use if they don’t bring their own.
  • More adult sessions available!
  • If you feel that signing up kids younger than 9 is beneficial, please be sure to supervise your child during the session.
  • Friendly reminder to be mindful, sensitive and respectful of other attendees in the sessions. Everyone is at a different stage in their journey.

Art therapy is an evidence-based type of therapy that can help the brain process and reformat  traumatic memories and imagery. Those that participate find it helpful for dealing with the stress and anxiety related to a traumatic experience. The program has been developed to help residents in both towns process the trauma related to the Marshall Fire.

The trauma associated with the Marshall Fire is extensive and looks different in everyone. Due to the complicated nature of these emotions, the sessions will be divided into two groups to best help individuals process their traumatic experiences.

Group 1: For people who have lost everything from the fire disaster.
Group 2: For all others who have experienced trauma in different ways from the fire disaster.

There will be a maximum of 12 people per each 90-minute session. Each group will be segmented by age in order to conduct age-appropriate therapy and activities. 

Segment A: Ages 9-12 yrs old
Segment B: Ages 13-17 yrs old
Segment C: Ages 18+

Sign up today, sessions start March 9!

Please view the FAQs to find more information about the program.

Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to start the healing process from this tragic event. Questions can be sent to caps@superiorcolorado.gov.