Conception & Construction

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 for my series 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

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 members 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 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 will inform the direction of my large 5‘X 5’ W X 7 ‘ The sculpture has  influenced the workshop design which will  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 TRAUMA  to join us for two hours of resource sharing, art-making, conversation and most importantly – identifying strategies for change.  This workshop invites people who have had their life touched by trauma: People recovering from disordered eating, gambling, chemicals, alcohol, or sex addictions and  people recovering from death, divorce, cults or abuse. Each participant will go to the drawers and cupboards of TODAY, I’m Alright to choose a talisman to discuss at the workshop and then take home with them to help in their recovery. 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 to ” Just Say NO”.    Join our October 14 Workshop: Register


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