"Small Resources = Big Possibilities: Matchbox Art Auction and Gala"


Naropa's Art Therapy Program Second Annual Event to Benefit Service Learning in Cambodia


NCAS-IBOULDER, Colo. (March 26, 2013)--Naropa University's Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy program is excited to announce the second annual "Small Resources = Big Possibilities: Matchbox Art Auction and Gala," set to take place at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art on Friday, April 12, 2013 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

WHAT: "Small Resources = Big Possibilities: Matchbox Art Auction and Gala"
WHEN: Friday, April 12, 2013 from 7:00–10:00 p.m.
WHERE: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA), 1750 13th Street, Boulder
PRICE: $15 for students and artists, $30 for general public. Purchase tickets at ncas-i.brownpapertickets.com.

Inspired by a shoestring budget, "small resources = big possibilities" became the guiding vision that led Naropa Community Art Studio to partner with international organizations across the globe, in an effort to bring art therapy to at-risk children and women. The theme expanded with the distribution of small muslin bags containing a matchbox and a few inspirational items to local artists, who were asked to create matchbox-inspired art pieces.

Last year, more than one hundred artists committed to creating a piece, and this year even more have committed to the project. These pieces will be auctioned at the "Small Resources = Big Possibilities" event, and all proceeds will benefit Naropa Community Art Studio - International (NCAS-I) service learning work in Cambodia with women and youth.

NCAS-I, first conceived of in January 2011 by a couple of art therapy students and a faculty member, expands the boundaries of the Naropa University Community Art Studio from local to global. Rooted in the principle of collaboration and in the belief in the innate wisdom, creativity, and interdependence of all, Naropa's Art Therapy program seeks active engagement with social justice organizations around the world, such as Transitions Global, a nonprofit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that works to support and empower survivors of sex trafficking. NCAS-I students use art therapy practices to help relieve suffering and maintain a vision of unity, as guests and learners in the communities they serve. For more information about Naropa Community Art Studio - International, please visit ncasi.wordpress.com.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Sue Wallingford at 303-946-7902 or  by April 5, 2013 to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.

Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies. To learn more: www.naropa.edu.