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Starting this spring, outpatients in Magees Art therapy program will go on group outings to the Philadelphia Museum of Art where they will take customized museum tours at a discounted price and then create art in various mediums during their art therapy sessions at Magee based on what they experienced at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Patient art work would then be displayed as part of the Philadelphia Museum of ArtҒs Community Partners Annual Exhibit in the Education Corridor August - October.
Magee Rehabilitation Hospitals Art Therapy Program and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have long been dedicated to the importance art hasҗand should havein the lives of all people, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities. And now the two venerable organizations are pairing up to combine their art accessibility initiatives.
Magee's Art Therapy Program, headed by credentialed art therapist Lori Tiberi, uses the art making process to help patients express themselves, cope with their new limitations, and develop fine motor skills and dexterity. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has worked diligently to remove any barriers that would keep those with disabilities from enjoying the works in their collection by creating specially adapted tours, wheelchair accessibility, and workshops that allow those with disabilities to experience art and then create art themselves based on what has inspired them.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for Magee's Art Therapy program," said Art Therapist Lori Tiberi. "The Philadelphia Museum of Art collection has inspired countless individuals from all over the world and has been dedicated to making their collection accessible to all audiences for many years. Our patients will not only create artwork inspired by the collection but have the incredible opportunity to have their artwork displayed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Education Corridor steps away from the renowned main galleries. This is an extraordinary partnership for our patients and our art therapy program."

"The Art Therapy Program at Magee Rehabilitation teaches many things, including how art can help people express some of the things they feel inside but cannot explain to others," said Street Thoma, Manager of Accessible Programs For People With Disabilities at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "The Philadelphia Museum of Art has great examples of how others have used the visual arts to express themselves. When Magees patients come to the Art Museum, Museum Guides will talk with them about some of the stories others are telling through their works of art. We're a community."

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