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Keynote Speaker

Jordan S. Potash, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT, LCPAT (MD), LCAT (NY)

Jordan S. Potash, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT, LCPAT (MD) LCAT (MD) is a registered, board certified, and licensed art therapist, as well as, registered expressive arts therapist (USA). He is Associate Professor in the Art Therapy Graduate Program at The George Washington University in Washington, DC and Honorary Assistant Professor at the Centre on Behavioral Health and Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong. Jordan has presented courses, as well as conference and community lectures and workshops on art and social justice in the U.S., U.K., Hong Kong, and Israel. Read more...

Jordan has authored several book chapters and articles as well as co-edited Art Therapy in Asia: To the Bone or Wrapped in Silk (Jessica Kingsley). Jordan is Editor in Chief of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. As an art therapist for almost 20 years, he has worked with clients of all ages in many settings including schools, clinics, and community art studios. He is primarily interested in the applications of art and art therapy in the service of community development and social change, with an emphasis on reducing stigma, confronting discrimination and promoting cross-cultural relationships. For more information, view podcasts of past lectures, or to view his portfolio, please visit www.jordanpotash.com.

“Metro Riders” by Jordan Potash. 2018. Acrylic on canvas.

Artist’s statement: “I started sketching people in public places as a way to pass the time and liven up an otherwise dull commute. What I found was that I developed a remote sense of intimacy with each subject. Public transportation is an odd space in that we all share it, but try our best to interact with others as little as possible. This scene comprises several sketches from my commute over months. I sketched some of the individuals for almost a full commute, while others were only on the train for a few stops. Even though I do not know anything about any of these people, as I reviewed my sketches and translated them to the canvas, I felt as if I was painting the portraits of long forgotten friends.”

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