What is Cathartistry?
We would like to create opportunities for cohesion amongst our human family. I believe we can build more effective structures for arranging interconnection. Let’s broaden our understanding of what it means to work in the field of social service, by widening our perspectives on what it means to express. Television shows, social media forums, and artistic entertainment; create ways for people to self-affirm their own existence and connect with a deeper longing to converse with inner dialogues. We are all attached through how we occupy & share all physical space, and any form of LIFE is ‘expression.’ To passively express, is to exist and to actively express, is to truly live.
We all serve society in our own way; therefore, we are all agents of social change. The collective agreement of the majority of families using our current social service system is fueled by a sense of fear: Fear of asking for help to invite prevention or intrusion, fear of revealing anguish within a short-term plan structure, and fear of losing power. Metaphysically fear and love are intertwined, as anything worth loving invokes strength to conquer fear, as well as having the courage to ask for help to reach your love-fueled goals. We live in a “dry-eyed society” in North America, where showing vulnerability signifies weakness. When in reality, self-advocating by asking for help, means a person can gain control.
How can we advocate for the well-being of our global family through a lens of expression?
CathARTistry is an ever-evolving system for spreading ideas of social advocacy with a foundation in expression. The idea presents a movement towards finding acceptance over tolerance in society and building creative therapeutic prospects for long-term impact. I intend to continue to investigate why expression is a necessary tool for dynamic intervention, through research in the history of dramatic expression, neurocognitive/developmental psychology and social/personal psychology. Concurrently, I will continue to explore how through practical application, social responsibility can be transformed in striving for education.
By knowing your own body and making your body a vessel of expression you can begin a process of using theatre as a language and then ultimately as a discourse.
We can begin to question what it means to become a critical citizen.
What questions do we ask when challenging society as a given structure?
With perspective we can see society as a transformable notion that can be re-designed in an artistic laboratory, while not only revolutionising your own individual actions, but also altering communities as a whole.
How can we merge impactful dramatic demonstration or process & our understanding of science and psychology to utilise effective intervention or simply to spark brilliance…?
The quality of art is determined by its impact, not only by its aesthetic value. Therefore, art is always a learning tool: even if the lesson is to simply be present & enjoy the simple physical company of the installation. What are the different languages of transformation and healing? From Psychodrama (“The science which explores the truth by dramatic methods”), Sociometry and Art Therapy -- to Clown, play and recreational therapy: there are endless levels of expression in action. Our collective (psychosocial) evolution is the product of expression.
Let’s pLaY and answer these questions together.
Following is a table outlining an example of a program being facilitated in a classroom. This plan is facilitated in collaboration with a psychotherapist, teachers, youth workers, educational assistants, tutors and family members.
A therapeutic advocate would utilise CathARTistry by helping develop social-emotional life skills through representation, spectacle & distancing.
Here is a small example of how we are using expression as a tool for self-discovery and self-empowerment.