A free zine today for you from Jessi Rado, an artist and therapist interested in helping those of us who have suffered trauma or one kind or another. It’s accepted knowledge among those who work with those struggling with substance abuse that it often is a direct result of trauma – a fundamental insight that may help us all re-set our thinking about addiction.
Ms. Rado’s new zine is the product of a program she collaborated in with street artist Swoon with the Mural Arts’ Restorative Justice Program in Philadelphia a few years ago. At this time when so many in our communities are already dealing with the wreckage of addiction and what it does to families, the stress of COVID-19 and economic insecurity only compound the fears and in many cases, suffering.
That’s why BSA is so happy to offer something constructive that can help!
The new zine is born from the program that Swoon participated in with Rado and storytellers Heather Box and Julian Mocine-McQueen; It “hosted a series of trauma-informed art therapy courses, followed by a month of storytelling workshops, designed to develop an understanding of the conditions and context of trauma that lead to and perpetuate lifelong addiction.”
Take a look at some of the simple and simply profound artworks and texts here, and download the PDF at the end of the posting. One day at a time, friends.