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The Fountains at La Cholla Introduces Creative Arts Therapy in Partnership with Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance

The Fountains at La Cholla is teaming up with Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) to offer a comprehensive curriculum of Creative Arts Therapy to its 400+ residents. Writing, performing arts, art history, film, music and other integrative arts processes will be offered as part of The Fountains’ Creative Arts Therapy program. Beginning in March 2015, Fountains residents will be able to sign up for onsite sessions led by specially trained artists and arts therapy clinicians provided by SAACA. SAACA will also oversee a rotating gallery installation that will exhibit work by residents and community artists.

According to the American Art Therapy Association, “Art Therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the Art Therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.”

“For as long as we’ve been a leading provider of service-supported retirement living environments, The Fountains has actively promoted involvement with the arts,” said Fran Donnellan, executive director. Donnellan says its new Creative Arts Therapy program will further enhance The Fountains’ innovative life-long learning and education practices, while introducing a comprehensive approach to healing and rehabilitation.

“The goal of this Creative Arts Therapy program is to improve quality of life, provide life-long learning opportunities and to utilize the arts with therapeutic and healing impact,” explained Kate Marquez, Executive Director of SAACA. Marquez was instrumental in launching a similar program at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Southern Arizona in 2014.

“Often in aging populations, fears of the future go unexpressed, causing stress. Through creative arts therapies, we work to give people an outlet to communicate their feelings while also encouraging them to discover joy in the present,” said Marquez.

“As a company, we’re committed to creating extraordinary communities where people thrive. We know physical wellness is only one piece of the pie. Emotional wellness is equally important to quality of life and Creative Arts Therapy can be a key contributor,” said Richard Howell, managing director of Watermark Retirement Communities, operator of The Fountains at La Cholla.

The Fountains at La Cholla Introduces Creative Arts Therapy
The Fountains at La Cholla Introduces Creative Arts Therapy in Partnership with Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance

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