SIUe/STL Art Hives is the local chapter of the art-therapy led initiatives creating community art studios that welcome everyone as an artist. From an art pop-up in a local library to a community studio or gallery, at its heart, an Art Hive is about inclusion, respect and learning. It’s a welcoming place to talk, make art and build communities. Responding in creative ways to things that matter.
We are beginning the first, (of what we hope will evolve into many,) Pop-Up Art Hive in Edwardsville as part of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Art Therapy Counseling Program. We will explore the Art Hives model and start with our students, then our home department of Art & Design. We are exploring relationships with our Sustainability program, the Counseling Center, the Multicultural Center and other collaborators on campus. We additionally are in conversation with community partners in the St. Louis area who are also interested in the Art Hive model. We look forward to coming back to the site to update our activity and description as the work evolves!