ThirdSpace

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ThirdSpace (Hospital Creative Arts Program)àis a volunteer organization with the mission of providing therapeutic engagement to youth affected by mental illness. The club name, ThirdSpace, derives from the concept of �Thirdspace Theory� conceptualized by Edward William Soja. In his theory,à third spaces are the bridge between spatial groups that interact physically and socially; they are �an-Other way of understanding and acting to change the spatiality of human life� (Soja, E. W.,1996, p. 57). We use this concept to empower all participants to regain peace, trust, and understanding through mindfulness and creativity.Students meet weekly with hospitalized youth to perform artistic expression activities ranging from theatrics to yoga, music, and painting. Students also meet monthly for group reflections on teaching art therapy, club standards and expectations, and better ways to collaborate with youth in the department. All are welcome!

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