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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 addiction? I chose to use the word RECOVERY for my series instead of the word addiction because my series is a message of hope.   RECOVERY. Yes, I am shouting.  I am looking at recovery from all trauma: PTSD, Divorce, Addiction, Death, Cancer.

Artist Journal – How the art gets made 

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 and attend our workshop!

In my project on Recovery, my team mates are Marya Hornbacher, an author who is in recovery from addiction and David Swarthout, a psychotherapist specializing in addiction. Marya has already influenced my thinking. 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 am currently rethinking the title of my work. 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 will inform the direction of my large 5‘X 5’ W X 7 ‘ T sculpture and will most definitely  influence the workshop which is developed to engage our audience moving forward.

Authentic Voices: Marya Hornbacher,  a five time published  author who is in recovery from addiction and David Swarthout, a psychotherapist specializing in addiction.

Workshop: Our two hour workshop invites EVERYONE who has a connection with this topic to join us for two hours of data sharing, art-making, conversation and most importantly – identifying strategies for change.  This workshop invites people who have had their life touched by: Addiction to food and people recovering from disordered eating, gambling, chemicals, alcohol, or sex and  recovering from death, divorce, cults or abuse. Friends and family are also invited to this workshop. Everyone needs to evolve and change for a recovery to be successful. Recovery is way more complicated than Just Say “NO”.


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See Say Do. What's Your Issue?
Date: October 5th, 2018
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