Gathering Circles: Using Art To Counsel Domestically Abused Youth

Mr. Michael Genz
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Gathering Circles is a documentary that focuses on a group of teens in a short-term detainment center who were encouraged to use art as a means of expressing feelings related to their experiences with domestic abuse. Art is used as a vehicle to create a platform for kids to share and discuss their own personal issues with violence, abuse and anger in a safe, non-critical way. The presenter will screen the documentary then describe the process used to produce the film that was not only designed to help the teens, but was also used as a source of healing for the filmmaker.

Keywords: Art Therapy, Documentary Discussion, Art as a Vehicle for Discussion, Domestic Abuse
Stream: Arts Education
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Mr. Michael Genz

Instructor, Department of Art, School of Liberal Arts, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Michael A. Genz is an instructor of animation at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Edinboro's animation program is ranked among the top 15 traditionally-based animation programs in the United States. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Edinboro University and also attended California Institute of the Arts. He eared his Master of Fine Arts degree from Maine College of Art. Prior to his academic career, Michael was a character animator for 15 years for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Warner Brothers Classics, Walt Disney Television, and Kroyer Films. His film credits include: The Lion King, Tarzan, Mulan, Hercules, Pocahontas, The Little Mermaid, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? His current work includes the investigation of dialogical animation and the use of art as therapy for victims of domestic abuse.

Ref: A06P0208