GALLERY U BOUTIQUE

GALLERY U BOUTIQUE
439 SOUTH AVE WEST, WESTFIELD NJ

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Gallery U Offers 3 Free CEUs in Social Work as part of SWART: Social Work Works



Cultural Guardians:
Social Work Advocacy for Art and Meaning in Culture

Regarding the importance of art, author Jonathan Culver states “With the manipulation of abstract symbols an artist can send you information without sound, change your feelings and sometimes even change your beliefs. Artists convey the unspeakable. Artists inspire.” 

The power of art can be seen as a threat by those who wish to have complete control, resulting in suppression, persecution & censorship.
The National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics states our professional obligation to “enhance human well-being and help meet basic human needs, particularly for those who are vulnerable and oppressed.” This workshop will illustrate the direct link between the missions of social work and the workings of the creative world, understanding that artists and the art they make are vulnerable to all forms of attack, from suppression to censorship and even death. The creative community is a vulnerable population in need of advocacy and cultural support. Cultural Guardians will explore how social workers can be of service in preserving creative integrity as well as examining the forces that may work against our ability and competence in providing service, advocating for justice, human dignity, self-worth, integrity and freedom of expression in the arts.


Facilitator Lou Storey, LCSW, LCADC. Beyond private practice in Red Bank, NJ (Meaningful Therapy Center, LLC) Lou Storey’s social work activities include NASW NJ elected CCNLI committee member, Adjunct Instructor in the School of Social Work at Monmouth University, Diplomate of Logotherapy from the Victor Frankl Institute, and 2009 recipient of Award of Recognition from the Monmouth County Mental Health Association.

Social Work CEUs––Provided by the Monmouth University School of Social Work Professional Education Program (PEP) and are approved by the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners.

Participants must preregister:



Cultural Guardians is part of SWART, a month long celebration of social work and art at Gallery U. Events include an exhibition of artwork by NJ social workers and art therapists (opening reception: March 6, 2014, 6-8 pm); artist discussion on the connection between art, therapy and social work (open to the public, March 8, 2014, 1-4 pm); and Poetry U: An Evening of Spoken Word, featuring writings of NJ social workers (March 20, 2014, 7-9 pm). 









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