Art and Active Education


ART SUPPLIES STILL LIFE"Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up." - David Orr

This workshop is designed as an interactive process experience for therapists, teachers, social work students, community workers, school counselors, and other professionals.
Throughout the day participants will learn tools and strategies they can use in a variety of settings in order to work on issues of individual or societal social justice.

Starting from the premise that hope is an essential component of social change, we will explore and examine trauma and empowerment around topics such as sexual abuse and intimidation, LGBTQ perceptions and abuse, family estrangement, and other issues connected to gender, sexuality, and cultural changes.

By the end of the day, through discussion, art-making, and reflection connected to evidence based theory and practice, you will have an expanded understanding of and ability to influence your community for good.

Throughout the day we will discuss social justice in common and uncommon areas through the framework of hope. We will continually ask what is hope, who defines hope, and who dares to hope. As we explore the concept of social justice and its meaning, we will create examples of what hope looks like in social change. 

This workshop will be taught by David Paker and Jania Sommers and has been pre-approved for 6 Continuing Education Credits by the National Association of Social Workers. Certificates of participation will be made available for all participants seeking continuing education credit. 

Jania Sommers, LCSW, holds a BA from Wayne State University in Anthropology and Sociology and an MSW from the University of South Carolina. She has worked in social work for over 40 years in community, hospital and for profit and non profit settings doing clinical, case management and policy work. She is currently the Director of Professional Services and a counselor at Jewish Family Service in Salt Lake City UT, an adjunct professor in the graduate program at the University of Utah, College of Social Work and has a private therapy practice.

David Parker, Ed.D, has an educational and professional background that combines Social Work, Education, and the Performing Arts. He earned his Doctorate in Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh PA, a B.S. in Social Work from the State University of New York, Brockport, and a Master’s Degree in Education with a major in Instructional Technology from American InterContinental University.

David’s career had been dedicated to creating and sustaining a culture of equity and justice. He has led conversations and worked with communities, schools, and educators, as well as keynoted conferences around the United Stated and beyond. He is the author of the children’s book series, The BEST ME I Can Be, published by Scholastic Inc., which has sold more than four million copies worldwide. David is the Senior Advisor to the Chief of Police for the SLC Police Department.

The day will also include Mary Stanley and Sam Forlenza as guest instructors. Dr. Sam Forlenza is a retired psychologist and mediator and currrently an active artist who works in various media.

WORKSHOP DATES: October 1, 10 AM - 4 PM 

LOCATION: Art Access, 230 South 500 West, #125, Salt Lake City


COST: $75; $25 for students. Please contact Elise Butterfield at , or 801-328-0703, option 4, for STUDENT DISCOUNT code.


Event Properties

Event Date 10-01-2016 10:00 am
Event End Date 10-01-2016 4:00 pm
Registration Start Date 08-22-2016 12:00 pm
Capacity 20
Available place 9
Cut off date 09-30-2016 11:00 pm
Individual Price $75.00
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