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Benefits of Art Therapy 

Art therapy is a recognized form of psychotherapy that uses creative processes to improve mental health, self-awareness, and personal growth. It can reduce stress and anxiety, improve communication skills, aid conflict resolution and identity exploration, and provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Art therapy is a versatile and powerful tool for emotional healing and personal development.

“It's time to remember that art has a therapeutic effect and start sharing art, its practices, and impressions to begin the process of global healing and recovery."

Ulvi Kasimov, .ART Founder

Partners & supporters 

Watch our short film "The Healing Powers of Art"

Championing Digital Innovation at 2024 AAM Meeting in Baltimore

The .ART team attended the AAM (American Alliance of Museums) annual meeting in Baltimore, themed “Thriving Museums, Healthy Communities.” The .ART Registry sponsored the Keynote panel, featuring Renee Fleming, NEA Chair Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, and Reginald F. Lewis Museum Executive Director Terri Lee Freeman. Art therapy boards, powered by ID.art, showcased works by Medina Kasimova and George Washington University students, inviting personal reflections and demonstrating the potential of ID.art. The .ART team also promoted ID.art at the Museum Shop Association exhibition, highlighting its benefits for authenticating and contextualizing museum souvenirs.

.ART Premieres
'The Healing Powers of Art' Film

The .ART team attended the annual meeting of the American Alliance of Museums, where we premiered our new short film, "The Healing Powers of Art." Inspired by Medina Kasimova, the film explores how art has been a sanctuary and means of expression for her since childhood, reflecting the therapeutic power of art. It features experts like Heidi Bardot from George Washington University and Melinda Riddle McCoy of the ELM Foundation. The premiere generated significant interest, emphasizing art's role in personal and community healing.

.ART attends the American Alliance of Museums Meeting 2023

At the 2023 American Alliance of Museums Expo, .ART held a session "Art Therapy in Museums: Unlocking Mental Wellness for Communities & Beyond", led by Heidi Bardot from George Washington University. The session explored innovative ways to weave Art Therapy into museum experiences, boosting mental well-being for all. A key exercise had attendees draw their emotional responses to an artwork, highlighting the power of non-verbal self-expression. Join us as we continue to delve into Art Therapy's transformative potential in museums and beyond.

.ART Commits $1 Million Endowment to GW's Art Therapy Graduate Program

As part of the ongoing initiative, .ART has pledged a $1 million endowment for graduate fellowships for students in the Art Therapy Program at George Washington University. The endowment will support deserving students to complete the graduate program and provide art therapy services to a broader community, especially in these particularly stressful times.  The Art Therapy Program, which is part of GW's Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, is one of the first of its kind in the United States. Students explore all aspects of art therapy, trauma training and diagnosis, and complete 900 internship hours with direct client contact in the on-campus clinic.

Activities

Live webinar “The Healing Powers of Art”

Art Therapist and Associate Professor Jordan Potash, founder of ELM Foundation Melinda McCoy, and Art Educator Yuna Dranichnikova discuss art’s therapeutic qualities and their approaches in harnessing them

Ulvi and Reikhan Kasimovs, the founders of .ART Domains, have always been active philanthropists, having supported several initiatives including the Jerusalem-based Shalva, an organisation dedicated to the provision of transformative care for individuals with disabilities, the empowerment of their families and the promotion of social inclusion.

Blog posts & Resources 

Art therapy – much more than making art

Often confused with crafts and coloring books, art therapy is so much more than making art. Find out when the term was coined, whom it can help and where you can learn more.

Art as therapy – the answer you weren’t looking for?

If you’re anxious or unhappy — just try art! There are many different types of art therapy to look into.

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Often confused with crafts and coloring books, art therapy is so much more than making art. Find out when the term was coined, whom it can help and where you can learn more.

Add a Title

Often confused with crafts and coloring books, art therapy is so much more than making art. Find out when the term was coined, whom it can help and where you can learn more.

Project history

Ulvi and Reikhan Kasimovs, the founders of .ART Domains, have always been active philanthropists, having supported several initiatives including the Jerusalem-based Shalva, an organisation dedicated to the provision of transformative care for individuals with disabilities, the empowerment of their families and the promotion of social inclusion.

Promoting the Healing Power of Art

The Art Therapy Initiative is a philanthropic initiative focused on raising awareness for the healing power of art as a vital need in the modern world. A portion of the revenue from the sale of .ART domains goes to support The Art Therapy Initiative and its non-profit partners.

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