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Works of Art: Social Work and the Creative Arts

Georgian Court University Event Explores Social Work-Related Art

Lakewood, N.J., Mar. 30, 2010—Social work and creative expression often go hand-in-hand, according to noted artist Lou Storey, the guest speaker for “Uniting Social Work and Art,” the April 11 seminar hosted by the Georgian University Social Work Alumni Club on the university’s main campus in Lakewood.

Mr. Storey’s appearance is part of an afternoon of activities sponsored, in part, by Phi Alpha Zeta Nu, GCU’s Social Work Honor Society. Their “Springtime Tea,” modeled after the tenets outlined in the bestselling nonfiction book, Three Cups of Tea, is slated for 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. in the historic Mansion on campus. The free event includes a Chinese auction, a 50/50 raffle, and refreshments, and the lecture, which offers 2.0 clinical social work CEUs.

Mr. Storey, an established artist-turned-social worker, will talk with his peers from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. about maintaining equilibrium, staying energized, and tapping creative potential in social work practice.

“Ultimately art and social work share a potential to create change,” Mr. Storey writes in “SWART: A Natural Pairing,” his 2008 article in the Journal of Creative Work. “Through SWART, which directly addresses the social work of art, I am beginning new understandings of my own art, of the world, and of myself.”

Reporter Janet Purcell’s 2009 New York Times review of Mr. Storey’s art applauded his approach and his passion: “In a dizzying display of artwork, Trenton native Lou Storey uses shapes, symbols, and words to get his message across: Social work works.”

Her review extolled Mr. Storey’s artistic expertise and his ability to convey other important themes. “One small painting on display, ‘The Hand of Social Work,’ seems to sum up the whole exhibition,” Ms. Purcell wrote. “It is an open hand whose fingers are lettered with the words: Care. Service. Practice. Advocacy. Policy.” Pieces from the exhibit, “Social Work Works: A Visual Journey,” can be viewed online at loustoreyart.com.

The event is free to GCU alumni, social work students, and professionals in the field. Reservations are required by Tuesday, April 6, 2010, by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@georgian.edu or 732.987.2232.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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