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      A Living Quilt: The Journey of a Cohort of Emerging Arts Therapists in Aotearoa

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          This article traces the collaborative creation of a final gift–a symbolic weighted quilt–recently given by a cohort of third year trainee arts therapists to their faculty and fellow students. The article uses poetry and narrative to present and explore the process of this group of emerging arts therapists being woven together via their experiences of creativity, uncertainty and trust during their time on the Master of Arts in Arts Therapy program. It notes the interconnectivity between the singular and shared identities found during this journey, and explores the precious, expansive, and universal nature of the arts therapy experience and profession. This creative collaboration is a representation of the experience of student arts therapists who, having been soaked in the heavy liquids of creative encounters and felted together as a community, are now on the cusp of taking this deep fluid identity and experience out into the wider community.

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          Journal
          caet
          Creative Arts in Education and Therapy
          Eastern and Western Perspectives
          Translated title: 创造性艺术教育及治疗-东西方视角 :
          CAET
          Inspirees Education Group (The Netherlands )
          2451-876X
          2468-2306
          December 2018
          : 4
          : 2
          : 118-130
          Affiliations
          Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
          Article
          10.15212/CAET/2018/4/19
          Copyright © 2018 Inspirees International

          This work is licensed under a Creative Commons NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

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          Music, Performing arts, Dance & Theater, Arts

          Aotearoa, quilt, emerging arts therapists, weighted blanket, poetry

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