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1. January 19-29
The Weight of Culture: Creative Arts Therapists of Color Exhibition
132 West 21 Street, 5th Floor Project Space
Viewing Hours: M-F, 5-8pm; or by appointment ([email protected])
Reception: Friday, January 29, 5-6:30pm

2. Thursday, January 21, 7-8:30pm
Status Update Alumni Program Presentation
Jennifer Byxbee, ATR-BC, LCAT & Amanda Zucker, ATR-BC, LCAT
132 West 21 Street, 3rd Floor Studio
RSVP: [email protected]

3. Friday, January 29, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture
Race in My Face as a Clinician: How Issues Around Cultural Identity Are Magnified in Clinical Work
Sandra Ramos-Watt and
Diana Gil-Velez
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.

In 2012, a New York based network of creative arts therapists of color, CATs of Color, dedicated to professional and educational development, promoting cultural competence and diversifying the profession was formed. In this lecture, CATs of Color members from various modalities (art, music and drama) will draw on their collective expertise and discuss how issues of race manifest in their clinical work in private practice. The lecture will include a cultural self-assessment experiential and a clinical vignette in order to raise cultural consciousness and support multicultural sensitivity.

Sandra Ramos-Watt, MT-BC, LCAT, is the founder of CATs of Color, a network of creative arts therapists of color that addresses the need for culturally appropriate services to people from various ethnicities and racial backgrounds. Sandra, an NYU graduate and former professional jazz singer, maintains a private practice in the Bronx where she incorporates vocal psychotherapy techniques in her work. She is also the clinical director at Heartsong, an organization that provides creative arts therapy services to people with special needs. Sandra leads groups for women survivors of sexual abuse and facilitates trainings in the field of sexual abuse prevention. Sandra has been serving as a board member for the New York State Office of the Professions/Mental Health Practitioners for 7 years.

Diana Gil-Velez, LCAT, ATR-BC is a New York State licensed Creative Arts Therapists, Registered/Board Certified Art Therapist, and psychoanalyst-in-training. Diana has a private practice in Manhattan and Riverdale (Bronx) where she sees multicultural children, adolescents, and adults with diverse mental health diagnoses. She also works at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx on their inpatient adult units and comprehensive psychiatric emergency program (CPEP) with children, adolescents, and adults. She was an Adjunct Instructor for the College of New Rochelle, Graduate School (CNR) where she taught the Art Therapy Internship course for second year graduate students and Psychopathology for Art Therapists.  

4. February 2-10
Sharing/Space: Cooke Center Academy/Cooke Center Grammar School Exhibition
132 West 21 Street, 5th Floor Project Space
Reception: Friday, February 5, 6-8pm

5. Thursday, February 4, 6-8pm
Screening Room #1: Every Mother’s Son
132 West 21 Street, 3rd Floor Studio

6. February 12-March 12
Tie in
, MPS Art Therapy Department Exhibition
Westside Gallery, 133/141 West 21 Street
Reception: Thursday, February 25, 6-8pm

7. February 15-29
Cooke Center Skills Group Exhibition
132 West 21 Street, 5th Floor Project Space
Reception: TBA

8. February 15-March 15
Spring Residency Program
132 West 21 Street, 5th Floor Project Space

9. Thursday, February 18
Visiting Artist Workshop: Sculpture with Nicolas Touron
Location TBA

10. Friday, February 26, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture
The Business of Art Therapy
Brooke Campbell and
Andrew Rizkalla
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.


As creative types, we are skilled in the arena of art and healing. As artists, we may struggle when it comes to the world of business. In this focused lecture attendees will gain concrete and practical business tools to support their professional growth. Transitioning from the role of student to professional, or professional to a business-minded entrepreneur requires a new skill set, expanding on your acquired knowledge and experience. Attendees will leave with a basic knowledge of how to apply business skills to one’s specific profession.

Brooke Campbell, LCAT, RDT-BCT has over a decade of clinical experience working with diverse populations such as: trauma, cancer, addiction, autism, and mental illness. She is the Founder and Director of a community based organization called Creative Kinections, providing psychotherapy, coaching, workshops and training services for children, teens, families, adults, and professionals. Creative Kinections has partnered with schools, recreation centers, hospitals, non-profit organizations, universities, domestic violence agencies, and addiction centers. Brooke received the “NJ Favorite Kids' Doc” award in the field of psychotherapy for three years in a row and was featured in NJ Family Magazine. She is a guest lecturer for New York University's Graduate Art Therapy and Drama Therapy Departments. She holds a masters degree in Drama Therapy from New York University and is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and Actors Equity Association.

Andrew Rizkalla is the business manager for Creative Kinections, LLC. He has over fourteen years of experience in the private and public financial sectors. He holds numerous certifications and has a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Masters in Public Administration from New York University. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner. He was also an emergency medical technician and volunteered on an ambulance squad for over thirteen years. He obtained his leadership certificate from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and completed an executive business program at Harvard University.

11. March 14-30
Spring Residency Program Exhibition
132 West 21 Street, 5th Floor Project Space
Reception TBA

12. Wednesday, March 23, 6-9pm
Visiting Artist Workshop: Rendering with Thread with Sophia Narrett
132 West 21 Street, 5th Floor Project Space

13. Friday, March 25, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture
Seen and Heard: Reflections on a Collaborative Art Process
Gemma Burgio and Valeria Koutmina
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.


This talk is born out of Gemma Burgio's and Valeria Koutmina's collaborative residency at the School of Visual Arts, February-March 2015. The project employed textile arts, mixed media, and written narratives to explore attachment, spontaneity, and empathic resonance. What emerged was a surprising dance between two individuals, a vacillating entity impacted directly by the participation and presence of the artists. Setting out to answer several questions about the nature of collaboration, communication and relationships, the process culminated in an oeuvre of several works which showcased the qualities of our collaborative efforts and the need for presence that was uncovered. Since that time, the work has been dismantled but the dialogue between the artists continues. It too has changed shape as we each hone our craft and develop the process individually. Join us for reflections and reactions to this experience and the applications it may have in individual and group art therapy practices.

Gemma Burgio, ATR-BC, LCAT is an SVA Art Therapy alumna. Following graduation, Gemma worked in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and the Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service program (CARES), a therapeutic high school within the Mt. Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital system in New York City. Gemma is currently in private practice in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, an Art Therapy consultant at the Freedom Institute, and a candidate at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (2017), within the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.

Valeria Koutmina, ATR-BC, LCAT is an SVA Art Therapy alumna. Her practice includes working with children, adolescents, and adults with special needs, mental illness, and trauma. Recently, she has introduced elements of dance and play therapies to her repertoire. Valeria's international work includes teaching a workshop in Moscow, Russia, and most recently becoming an ambassador of the Red Pencil Humanitarian Mission which took her to Lebanon.

14. April 1-15
New York Art Therapy Association Exhibition
132 West 21 Street, 5th Floor Project Space
Reception TBA

15. Friday, April 15, 12-3pm
Visiting Artist Workshop: Landscape and Watercolor with Judi Betts
132 West 21 Street, 3rd Floor Studio

16. April 19-29
Boys Hope Girls Hope Exhibition
132 West 21 Street, 5th Floor Project Space
Reception: Wednesday, April 27, 6-8pm

17. Friday, April 22, 9am-3pm
Class of 2016 Thesis Presentations
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South
RSVP: [email protected]

18. Wednesday, May 18, 10am-2pm
Class of 2016 Commencement
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Avenue

Additional events will be added as dates are finalized. For more information about any of these events, please contact [email protected] or 212.592.2610.

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