35th Year Celebration

Celebrating 35 Years of Expressive Arts Therapy at Appalachian State University

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first course offering in Expressive Arts Therapy at Appalachian State University and consider the therapeutic values of this interprofessional therapeutic practice!

This year, Appalachian's Reich College of Education will celebrate the nation's only expressive arts program at a public university. This program has been educating and training caring professionals to integrate all of the arts into their work and way of being in order to support human growth, development, and healing.

As part of the 35th anniversary celebration, a special exhibition of expressive arts work will be held at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in spring 2020. This juried exhibition features the work of students, alumni, and faculty of the Appalachian Expressive Arts Therapy Program!

We welcome our alums' artistic contributions in multiple modalities that inform or depict expressive arts work. Contributions include 2-D and 3-D visual artwork, language arts (poetry, creative writings), audio, and video. Expressive art is, ultimately, something one does rather than something one makes. The exhibit features the artifacts, products, and documents that help us make the doing of expressive arts visible and understandable.

We invite you to visit the exhibit in the Community Gallery March 6 - June 6, 2020.