Teen TAR Project, Therapeutic Artists Residency

The TAR Project or Therapeutic Artists Residency is new to Atlanta and offers direct therapeutic support for 4 artist a year alongside all sorts of other rewards (i.e., Binders gift cards, membership to C4 and scholarship to a class of their choice, massages, etc.).

Round two of TAR will target 15-19 year olds and will advance the structure and offerings of the Project. The four teen artists will still receive free monthly individual and group counseling (among other benefits) and work towards a group show and panel, however, the residents will engage in a curriculum of monthly courses, experiential art engagements, and apprenticeships with local artists followed by thier group session to process the experiences. The TAR Team who will each lead a monthly experience will support the teens in seeing Atlanta’s art scene through this lens and providing role models of artists doing work based in activism and advocacy .

Below is the current TAR Team and a brief description of what they are offering:

  • Jessica Caldas working with performance art and the body in response to their struggles in their lives
  • Melissa Coffey to do a silks course on facing their fears
  • Austin Frantz documenting self portraits and the work created during the residency for portfolios
  • Lauren Garvey of Atlanta Teen Mentor engaging the wellness wheel to show importance of self-care and goal setting to create a wellness plan
  • Will Massey and his team of artist that work in the Elderly community, inviting the teens to create art with them
  • Malina Rodriguez and Blake Beckham and the folks of the Work Room/The Lucky Penny/Dance Truck on community choreography
  • Tori Tinsley a recent GSU MFA graduate, Walthall Fellow and former Art Therapist TBD once we chose the 4 selected residents
  • Yo Checka! with navigation of social media and journalism

This upcoming year TAR will hold a spot for a teen of color, a queer or trans teen, and one that lives within the SW community where Orion Psychotherapy Studio Office is, all while assessing household income. TAR believes in making artistic therapeutic experiences available to marginalized individuals facing oppression; while addressing the stigma that therapy is only for those with diagnoses or the “ill.”

I hope that you will support me in doing this work by making a tax deductible donation in this moment right now.

Begins: July 15, 2016
Ends: April 15, 2018