The Magic Carpet Ride: Art Therapy in the Real World; a Reflective Memoir

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Dan Anthon, ATR-BC, LCPC, May 15, 2022
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The Magic Carpet Ride has a singular voice, the voice of a seasoned art therapist. The reader is treated to a real-life journey into the very heart of creative expression. Even the structure of the chapters were created from Anthon's pastel drawings. Like the art it represents it has multiple layers of meaning. Dan Anthon's richly illustrated volume, with over four hundred images, mostly his own, speaks directly to an array of audiences at exactly the same moment. The student in a formal art therapy training program will resonate with how the skill they are learning is applied with the precision of an adept musician. The seasoned art therapist can rediscover the soul of what drove them to the field, and how to place their own creative process at the heart of their practice. He demonstrates the subtle power of listening through an artist's lens. But this labor of love, as he self-describes it, offers anyone interested in a creative life new and valuable insight.

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About the author (2022)

Instructor, Art Therapy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2003-2014). BA, Sociology, 1969, Niagara University; BA, Commercial & Fine Art, Columbia College, 1987; MA Art Therapy, 1989, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Registered/Board Certified Art Therapist. Positions Held: Art Therapist in private practice, Creative Arts Therapy Studio; Art Therapy consultant, Safe Passage, Inc. DeKalb, Better Existence with HIV, Evanston & Haymarket Center, Chicago; Lecturer, Northwestern University. Exhibitions: Art Center of Sarasota, ARC Gallery, Chicago; Womens Center of DeKalb; Open Studio Project, Evanston; Dittmar Gallery, Evanston; Palmer House, Chicago; Enuui Gallery, Chicago; Evanston Public Library, Evanston; Oak Park Gallery, Oak Park; James R. Thompson Center Atrium Gallery, Chicago; Rush-University Medical Center Gallery, Chicago. Publications: Newsletter of the American Art therapy Association; Interviewd by Common Boundary Magazine; Radio Interview with WGCI. Honors: Don Seiden Award from the Open Studio Project; Community Award for work with children in Domestic Violence.

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