The Matchbox Masterpieces are Coming In!


It is so exciting to see the creativity involved with taking an ordinary matchbox and transforming it into a small masterpiece!  Here are just some of them to give you a taste.  If you want to see some more you can go to our Matchbox Artist Page 2013.  We will continue to post more pictures as they come in.  THANK YOU ARTISTS!

And PLEASE……..mark your calendar for


April 12, 7-10, BMoCA


information about getting tickets coming soon!

NCAS-I Forms Partnership with Lotus Outreach!


We are thrilled to announce our new Partnership with Lotus Outreach, and the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center, which we will be joining forces with for our service learning trip in May. We will be working specifically with their Counseling and Reintegration Program that provides a safe haven for victims of violence and the sex trafficking industry,to bring art therapy training and interventions to their organization. It is an exiting new possibility and one we hope grows as we work together to heal the effects of physical and sexual trauma that such heinous crimes bring.

To learn more about this organization and their Counseling and Reintegration program you can visit their webpage at Lotus Outreach.

Lotus Outreach is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to ensuring the education, health and safety of at-risk and exploited women and children in the developing world. Lotus Outreach achieves its mission by supporting the development of grassroots projects in vulnerable communities. By working with local people and organizations, Lotus Outreach ensures the local ownership, cultural relevance and cost effectiveness of each project.

Originally established to support refugee education, Lotus Outreach now also helps rehabilitate survivors of human trafficking and keep at-risk students in school.

Art Therapy and a Global Movement, February 14th

February 14, 2013 is “One Billion Rising” – a global movement involving dance, poetry, art, and activism to encourage the world to rise up to end violence against women. Are you an art therapist and/or an activist? You can join in to create art, dance, activate your community, and help survivors heal.

Watch the “One Billion Rising” short film. [TRIGGER WARNING]


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Student Blog Entry: On Preparing

“On Preparing”

By Erin Shannon, 2nd year Art Therapy student and NCAS-I member

There are twelve of us preparing to embark on the next trip to Cambodia. Though many individuals have been fundraising and organizing together for over two years, this semester marks the first time we officially come together as a group to begin preparation for the journey.

I think we are fortunate to be dedicating an entire semester to learning about trauma-informed art therapy, Cambodian culture, and the meaning of responsible service learning abroad. I am inspired by Daniela Papi who encourages Learning Service, which puts an emphasis on learning before being able to serve. I am indeed steeping myself in knowledge and humility, aware we will learn tremendously from the women and children we intend to serve. What we will bring in exchange is our knowledge of art therapy as a powerful means of self-care and healing.

As a way to nurture our future selves, we wrote letters that we will open once we are working in Cambodia.


Is there something you would say to the you of the future? Is there anything you think the future you needs to hear? Pondering these questions, I am reminded of Pema Chödrön’s words,

There are no promises. When we are training in the art of peace, we are not given any promises that because of our noble intentions everything will be okay. In fact, there are no promises of fruition at all.

Instead, we are encouraged to simply look deeply at joy and sorrow, at laughing and crying, at hoping and fearing, at all that lives and dies. We learn that what truly heals is gratitude and tenderness.

With a tender heart and huge amount of gratitude, I am gathering resources in excited anticipation of all that is to come.

A video of Daniela Papi speaking about learning service: