Community Project: 50 Blankets for 50 Years
Staff, volunteers, and art therapists take part in blanket creation and distribution project
Pictured L to R: Hitchcock Center for Women, Veterans’ Haven, Life Exchange Center, Blankets to be distributed
At the Art Therapy Studio we finished our 50th anniversary year by giving back to the communities that we serve. In partnership with volunteers, clients, and members of the Buckeye Art Therapy Association (BATA), we created 50 fleece tie blankets to be distributed to individuals in need at three area organizations.
In the fall of each year Buckeye Art Therapy Association (BATA), the statewide professional organization for art therapists, coordinates a service project for its members to participate in as a group service effort. With the Art Therapy Studio celebrating our fiftieth anniversary year in 2017 we volunteered to fund and coordinate this year’s project. We purchased 200 yards of fleece fabric and invited staff, volunteers, clients, and other art therapists to create two-layer fleece blankets to be given to those in need. Ultimately 50 blankets were created over the period of two months.
The blanket-making project fits into the Art Therapy Studio’s mission to promote growth, healing, and wellness through the therapeutic use of art. With the blanket creation process being a hands-on and process-oriented task it offers the benefits of art therapy while also promoting charity to others.
When it came time to decide how to distribute the 50 blankets we looked to our own clients in need. We serve hundreds of individuals who are currently staying in shelters or living in transitional housing, many who have faced mental illness, addiction, long-term illness, or post-traumatic stress disorder. It was a natural fit to donate the blankets to art therapy clients in need. Over the course of three weeks in December our staff delivered the blankets to the three recipient sites, Life Exchange Center, Hitchcock Home for Women, and Veteran’s Haven.