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MSPP Thanks Donors and The Art Connection and its Artists at Special Celebration and Seminar—The Art of Psychology—on March 14

Boston (West Roxbury), MA—The connection between art and psychology will be the theme of a special evening at The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology on Tuesday, March 14, 2006. The school will present “The Art of Psychology,” which will feature a seminar on the healing power of art and a tour of 20 original works donated by local artists through The Art Connection in Boston. The evening is meant to thank MSPP’s donors for their constant support and the artists for giving MSPP a permanent original art collection. Many of the artists will be available at the event.

What: The Art of Psychology Seminar and Tour
Who: Presenters: Dr. Andrew Dibner, Dr. Vicki Putz and Ms. Lynda Schlosberg
When:Tuesday, March 14, 2006, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: MSPP, 221 Rivermoor Street, West Roxbury

“With this seminar and the opening of the ‘MSPP/Art Connection Gallery,’ we are acknowledging the deep connection between the healing missions of psychology and art and at the same time celebrating the artists and art donors who have given their works to us. We are also honoring and thanking our own MSPP donors who give tirelessly and generously of both their time and financial support,” says Dr. Nicholas Covino, president of MSPP. “Together with our faculty and staff, these generous benefactors allow us to provide a rich, inspiring and diverse learning environment for our students, who we hope will be the “artists and healers of the future.”

Says Peter Berenson, MSPP Board Chair, “Art and psychology share the gift for healing the mind, inspiring the heart and enlightening the spirit. To have original art displayed in a school of psychology enhances the meaning and impact of the art and the subject under study.” It was Berenson who proposed that MSPP partner with The Art Connection.

The Art Connection is a nonprofit organization that expands public access to visual art through a unique art donation and placement program. Working with artists and collectors who wish to donate artwork to public and nonprofit organizations, The Art Connection acts as an art clearinghouse, simplifying the donation process and offering a wide range of original works for selection by qualifying nonprofit agencies in Greater Boston. In addition to MSPP, The Art Connection has provided art to hundreds of organizations, including community centers, children's programs, schools, and shelters for the homeless or battered women, rape crisis centers and housing services.

“We have been very excited about this partnership with MSPP. Art can be very therapeutic both for the creator and for the viewer. As these works are displayed and appreciated by the next generation of psychologists, the connection between the arts and healing can be explored in a new way,” says Tova Speter, of The Art Connection. “This evening and the opening of the gallery is also a wonderful opportunity for our artists to meet the MSPP administrators, faculty, and students who have chosen to display and care for their work.”

From nearly 200 slides of sculptures, watercolors, charcoal drawings, prints, photographs, and paintings, an MSPP committee representing faculty, staff and students selected 20 pieces they believed would lighten and brighten MSPP. These are the works that adorn the school today.

The permanent installation features work by thirteen Boston area art donors: Prilla Smith Brackett, Fay Chandler, Dorothy Uhlig Green, June and Arnold Judson, David Kupferman, Leslie Miller, Muriel Pokross, Florence Putterman, Susan Schwalb, Sarah Sutro, Nan Tull, Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship, and Andy Zimmermann.

Founded in 1974, MSPP has created and offered a unique approach to doctoral training for psychologists, focusing on the immediate integration of clinical experience with academic studies. Today the school’s aim is to bring the benefits of psychological training to other areas of American society, including the schools, the workplace and the courts.

Updated 10/1/07

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