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  • MossRehab’s Art Therapy Patients to See Their Artwork at Philadelphia Museum of Art Community Partners Exhibit

    Published: 08/07/2013

    On Thursday, August 8 at 10:00 am, participants in MossRehab’s art therapy program—which partners with the Philadelphia Museum of Art to offer patients specially adapted museum tours—will see their artwork hanging for the first time in the museum’s Education Corridor as part of the museum’s Bridges exhibition which runs from August 7 to September 22.

    The partnership/program was a natural fit. MossRehab’s Art Therapy Program and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have long been dedicated to the important place art has--and should have--in the lives of all people, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities. MossRehab’s Art Therapy department, headed by art therapist Marya Camilleri, uses the art making process to help patients express themselves, cope with their new limitations, and develop fine motor skills and dexterity. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has worked diligently to remove any barriers that would keep those with disabilities from enjoying the works in their collection by creating specially adapted tours, wheelchair accessibility, and workshops that allow those with disabilities to experience art and then create art themselves based on how it has inspired them. These initiatives at the museum are currently overseen by the manager of Accessible Programs, Street Thoma.

    Recently, the Pennsylvania Therapeutic Recreation Society honored MossRehab’s Art Therapy department with their “Outstanding Special Event Award” for this program which provides art therapy patients with monthly opportunities to take special, adaptive tours of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, create art based on what inspired them during their art therapy sessions, and then have their work displayed in the museum’s exhibit called Bridges, as well as in MossRehab’s annual All About Art exhibition for world-renowned artists with disabilities.

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