Art Therapy In India
Aikiyam School is bi-lingual and a part of an outreach program of the international community of Auroville, " an experiment in human unity" which began in the 1960's and continues to flourish today near Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu.
I conducted art therapy groups for children and also assisted the school's Art Therapist, Tia Pleiman. I also conducted my own groups at night in an after school center, the Kuilapalayam Cultural Center, in the Tamil village where we lived.
Tia Pleiman is from New York and her processes drew from her art therapy training as well as modern art and Indian culture. It was a rich mix. I shot and edited a film about her and her work while there. You can see it here.