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1:00-3:00 Barbara Bridges – Recovery Workshop $5

October 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Project Description    Barbara Bridges Topic:  RECOVERY   Today, I’m Alright.  

Project Description    Barbara Bridges Topic:  RECOVERY   Today, I’m Alright.  

RECOVERY. If you are reading this word, “RECOVERY” it would be unusual if you do NOT know anyone who WAS, IS, or you wish WERE, in RECOVERY. What does that word actually mean when connected to trauma? I chose to use the word RECOVERY because my series is a message of hope.   Your trauma is not terminal. You are not broken. You can create your own life rafts of hope and resilience with practical strategies

Art to Change the World’s first event, See. Say. DO. Intends to change the world by using art to deliver a message of hope and serving as a catalyst for positive concrete change. Please open all the cupboards and drawers, consider what you see and take one of the contents, if invited.  Leave your reflections and comments in the art box and attend our workshop!

In my project on Recovery, my team members are Marya Hornbacher, an author who is in recovery from addiction  http://www.maryahornbacher.com/ and David Swarthout, a psychotherapist specializing in addiction. Marya has already influenced my thinking. http://www.drdavidswarthout.com/ She indicated when people ask her if she is “in recovery” she responds with strength, contentment, and peace of mind “Today, I’m alright.”  I decided to name the work after this insight. Personally, I have experienced addiction (food) and my friends and family have also been challenged.  It would be difficult to find anyone who does NOT have this issue in their lives- we just don’t talk about it – so we suffer alone. I now believe my loved ones are sick of people treating them like it is all over-that they are recovered.  I now know that Today- they are alright.  This new insight has informed the direction of my large 5‘X 5’ W X 7 ‘ work. The sculpture has  influenced the workshop design which will  engage our audience moving forward. https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/barbara-bridges/


Our workshop invites EVERYONE who has a connection with TRAUMA to join us for two hours of resource sharing, art-making, conversation and most importantly – identifying strategies for change.  This workshop welcomes all people who have had their life touched by trauma: People, and friends and loved ones, recovering from disordered eating, gambling, chemicals, alcohol, or sex addictions and people recovering from death, divorce, cults or abuse.

Participants will be invited to select a recovery talisman from the drawers and cupboards of TODAY to share at the workshop and then take home to help in their ongoing recovery. Includes Higher Power sculptures, wranklets and TODAY, I’m Alright t-shirts.

Register with Barbara or at the check-in table or online:
https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/calendar-event/100-300-barbara-bridges-recovery-workshop-kitchen-5/     Join our October 14 Workshop: Register

David Swarthout, http://www.drdavidswarthout.com/ a psychotherapist specializing in addiction.


How the art gets made. Journal 

Read about Artist as Intervenor.

I can see I need a few larger antique boxes so I am off to Savers (40% off for the over 55 crowd on Tuesday on objects that are already being sold for 10 cents on the dollar).

August 8, 2018

Need YOUR feedback! The last month has brought many visitors to the studio with feedback on my Recovery sculpture, “Today, I’m Alright” and many stolen moments early in the morning and late at night for studio time. My Tuesday visits to Savers to enjoy the 40% off the already 80% off geezer discounts on found objects have been particularly fruitful. As many of you know… I believe that I am simply an intervener in the journeys of the objects I adopt for my sculptures. I create a new memory for them to take forward with their new message. Each participant will go to the drawers and cupboards to choose a talisman to discuss at the workshop and then take home with them to help in their recovery. Read more about the sculpture http://bridgescreate.com/installation/Here are the Recovery Talismans I have so far. I need an idea for sex addiction. Need recommendations for books which have helped in your recovery. What am I missing?

Higher Power Door knobs
Nasty Women bi-valves
Loss of a Child Babies
Drops of hair of dog
Contentment Stones
Divorce hearts
Re-Birth Skulls
Addiction phone lifelines
Files to smooth the edges
Plush Therapy animals
Impossible Barbies
Odds Suck poker chips
Device Monstors
Skeleton Key to Biology
YinYang balls
Cancer Hats
Recovery Wranklets
Heart Stitch Card
Need Sex Addiction object
Need Prayer Cards

Books in “Today I’m Alright” Library. Suggestions?

365 Days of Walking the Red Road By Terri Jean
Meditations for People Who Worry By Anne Wilson Schaef
Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask By Anton Treuer
Wasted By Marya Hornbacher
Awesome Respect to the Homies Poems by Joseph Allen, Megan Chlebeck, Carolyn Dotterweich, Jon McKenna, Emily Cozine, , Tommy Griffiths, Barb Neal, Allie Holden and Delrico Bishop
The Four Agreements By Don Miguel Ruiz
The Red Road to Wellbriety
Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents By Lindsay C. Gibson, PsyD

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 Biography   Barbara Rogers Bridges  612 845-0416 www.arttochangetheworld.org             

http://bridgescreate.com  drb@bridgescreate.com
Barbara is the Founder and Director of Art to Change the World.

Barbara has been an artist and a teacher/college professor for over 40 years. Her social practice sculptures have been exhibited in Maine, Miami, the Virgin Islands, Maryland, Chicago, Mexico, Spain, Canada, and throughout Minnesota. Bridges taught K-12 art in Minnesota, Maine, and the Virgin Islands. She was voted Art Teacher of the Year twice in Minnesota. She is a sculptor on a mission to demonstrate how art can serve as a catalyst for social change and is committed to creating, and empowering others to create, high quality art objects which honor their powerful message.

Barbara has partnered with various Minnesota institutions developing curriculum.  These include the Minneapolis school district, the Minnesota Online High School, Perpich Center, the Walker Art Center, the Mpls. Institute of Art, the Weisman Museum, and the Minnesota Museum of Art. ArtsconnectED.org

Barbara has served as a professor for over twenty years at the university of Minnesota and Bemidji State University and has contributed in a variety of ways. She was the architect of the unique DLiTE (Distributed Learning in Teacher Education)  – a hybrid online K-8 teacher licensure partnership program and the FasTrack secondary initiative designed for previously degreed candidates who wish to teach high school. The combined programs serve 250 teacher licensure students per semester, average age 35, working, and place bound with children. Read More: http://bridgescreate.com

1. Reflecting Pool http://bridgescreate.com/installation/reflection-pool/  2.Three Waves http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/3450/
3.Transcending Race http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/transcending-race/ 4.Ode to Gluten http://bridgescreate.com/installation/ode-to-gluten/


October 14, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Event Category:


Art to Change the World


Squirrel Haus
3450 Snelling Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
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