Artist, Educator and Healer Dr. McNiff Returns to Endicott

Beverly, MA – Endicott College Department of Fine Arts announces the second event of a yearlong program, Investigations in Art Therapy: Inquiries at Endicott College, a Community of Learners program funded by Endicott College.  Dr. Shaun McNiff will present Moving Between Worlds: The Artist in Service to Life and Others on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the Rose Performance Hall, Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. with the reception and book signing opportunity and continues with the lecture at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

This program highlights the healing attributes of creativity and art making, with a keynote address by Dr. Shaun McNiff, internationally recognized figure in arts and healing and creativity enhancement. Dr. McNiff is  an educator, painter and author of several books including, Trust the Process: An Artist’s Guide to Letting Go, Art as Medicine, Art Heals: How Creativity Cures the Soul, and many other books which include his recent Integrating the Arts in Therapy: History, Theory, and Practice. Dr. McNiff’s lecture will focus on the exploration of how an artist works in service to others in the world while maintaining an active practice in the studio. His discussion will also address how conventional notions of the nature of art and artists provide challenges and opportunities; and moving towards the complete integration of art and life.

Shaun McNiff is founder of the first integrated arts in therapy graduate program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The discipline of expressive arts therapy emerged from the Lesley community and its international affiliates.  McNiff’s many books and writings have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, German, and other languages.

The two remaining components of Investigations in Art Therapy:  Inquiries at Endicott College are planned and should not be missed. The first is on Tuesday, April 5 with a reception and exhibition and presentation by Ric Haynes, a fine arts painter and Creative Arts Therapist who teaches at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. Mr. Haynes will be displaying artwork that he created during his artist in residence over the fall 2010 semester as well as presenting a lecture on Discovering and Creating My Own Mythology. The second event is a workshop on Monday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m. titled Dance as if No One were Watching:  Body Awareness and Intuitive Knowing.  This workshop is facilitated by Michele Laura along with Marytha Paffrath and will include yoga, drumming, martial arts and more.  All of the Investigations in Art Therapy: Inquiries at Endicott College events are free and open to the public.