The Mariners Inn Art Therapy program aims to use the creative arts as a mechanism for healing. Art Therapy helps people express hidden emotions; reduces stress, fear, and anxiety; and provides a sense of freedom. Some studies have also shown that the act of creation influences brain wave patterns and the chemicals released by the brain. Art Therapy has been used with substance use, eating disorders, sexual abuse, physical disabilities, emotional impairments, and chronic health issues.
The men involved in the art therapy program are given the tools they need to produce paintings, drawings, sculptures, and many other types of art work. Our trained Art Therapist works with the men both individually and in groups with the goal of helping them to express themselves through their work and to talk with the men about their emotions and concerns. Open studio hours are available for the men who wish to work on their artwork for longer periods of time. Mariners Inn also puts on periodic art exhibits to showcase the men’s work and help the community become familiar with them as artists.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer with the art therapy program, please contact our art therapist, Ms. Goree, at 313-962-9446 x263.
We are currently in need of supplies to help strengthen the art therapy program. If you would like to help support the program, please visit our wish list and take a look!