Transforming Trauma Through Myth and Image:
From African Village to American Inner City
In recent years much attention has been given to the study and treatment of traumatized individuals in the clinical setting. But what of the communities that suffer monumental social problems in the face of our contemporary global epidemic of collective violence? How might traumatized communities heal the brokenness that trauma imposes upon social and cultural identity? This symposium views collective trauma through the unique lens of Jungian psychological theory and demonstrates how two distinguished Jungian practitioners work toward transformation of trauma outside the bounds of the consulting room. Read more →
Posted on December 14, 2015 by alchemy in Announcement with Comments Disabled
The video you are about to see is a stop-motion animation of the myth, “The Darkman and His Sooty Brother,” produced by high school students enrolled in Alchemy, an urban adolescent development program. Three staffers from AS220 Youth spent three days assisting the youth in the narration, creation of masks, photography, and stop-motion animation.
The project was all made possible by a generous gift from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Read more →
Posted on December 4, 2015 by alchemy in Announcement with Comments Disabled
Have you ever heard a story that profoundly impacted your life?
Perhaps in your childhood or even last week?
What was it about that story that spoke to you?
If you have been trying to solve some big issues in your life, I wonder if you might benefit from hearing a good story?
“I have my eye on the central fire, and I am trying to put some mirrors around it to show it to others.” – C. G. Jung
Thirty people gathered around a circle, lead by a man with a drum. “I believe,” says the man, “that we all met in heaven, and we decided that we would meet in Philadelphia at 7:30 on October 9, and that somebody would bring a drum. And the drum and the myth will remind us of what we knew before we were born, and why we are all here together tonight.” Read more →
Posted on June 30, 2015 by alchemy in Announcement with Comments Disabled
By Sam Piha
Several years ago, I sat in a circle of afterschool leaders across the country. This learning circle was hosted by the National Institute on Out of School Time (NIOST) and we met several times. Along with my friend, Greg Roberts, former Director of the Muhammad Ali Foundation, we insisted that it was important that we discuss the impact of race within our conversations and within our programs.