Israel/Palestine Art Therapy Project – Entry 2

Israel/ Palestine Art Therapy Project: Entry 2 – “The Bridge Over the Blue River”

Jisr Az Zarka is known to be the most economically impoverished Arab village of Israel, and yet, the quality of life in the hearts of the youth is growing everyday. We, Shira Shvadron and Benjamin Swatez, drove into this beach town, “The Bridge Over the Blue River”, with eyes wide open, feeling the story within the decaying walls. We were welcomed with open arms and immediately jumped into art class for the next 5 days.

Israel/Palestine Art Therapy Project – Entry 1

Israel/ Palestine Art Therapy Project: Entry #1 – The journey into the “Promised Land”

I, Benjamin Swatez, stepped onto the plane leaving LAX towards Istanbul on February 3rd, 2015. Thousands of dollars worth of art supplies were loaded into the Cargo department beneath the passengers. An existential feeling of liberation washes over me as I melt into the seat, a memorable deep breath oxygenates my lungs and I waive goodbye a beautiful chapter. As the following chapter knocks on the door,