Dancer, artist, author, and founder of SafeArt, local Tracy Penfield discusses her newest book, A Curriculum of Courage: Making SafeArt.
A Curriculum of Courage encourages a proactive approach to healing that draws upon human beings’ natural inclination for creative expression. The book is filled with multi-disciplinary explorations for use in the classroom, with groups, or with individuals, including:
● Simple and accessible activities that blend creative expression with open-minded follow-up discussions
● Comprehensive information and guidance on topics such as mindfulness, healthy relationships, supporting LGBT youth, and becoming trauma-informed
● Strategies for empowering youth to become proactive bystanders
● Tips on self-care and management of personal responses to abuse and trauma
Penfield founded SafeArt in Chelsea, VT, after 20 years as an artist and educator in fiber arts and dance. Her experience in an abusive relationship from the age of 14 to 29 gave her a distinctive perspective on how her students were responding to creative expression. Wanting to work across the spectrum of prevention to recovery from traumatic abuse gave rise to the concept of SafeArt in 2000.
This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended as space is limited.