Say It Out Loud: Gratitude Banners

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In this 90-minute experiential session, we’ll create a gratitude banner honoring a person, a value, or a concept that we prize in our life. Based on a module in the art and social emotional learning curriculum from Open Studio Project, an arts and social service non-profit organization, gratitude banners have been used to support students in identifying and managing their emotions, cooperating with others, and appreciating and reflecting on their relationships.

Whether for personal or professional interest, this hands-on workshop is open to all, and will be followed by a ten-minute Q&A. Note that there are materials you will need to gather in advance of this session; please see the below What to Bring section for details.


Friday, November 18, 2022


Noon to 1:30 pm Pacific Time (PT)




Sarah Laing, ATR
Maira Egan, ATR-P


This is an online program through Zoom.

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Sarah Laing, is an Art Therapist (ATR) & Executive Director of Open Studio Project, an arts and social service organization in Evanston, IL. Their mission is to teach art for personal growth and social emotional learning (SEL). Sarah contributes as an administrator, trainer/supervisor, and works with a diverse range of populations that interface with the studio. She is working on the expansion of SEL art programs for preK-8th and high school in Chicagoland schools. Sarah has an MA in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College, NY, and has practiced public art in addition to being a textile artist.

Maira Egan, ATR-P, is an Art Therapist at Open Studio Project where she works with a wide range of clients from early childhood through adulthood. She has worked in Chicago public schools with the SEL curriculum and is implementing a new high school curriculum with a mental health framework at Evanston High School. Maira is a recent graduate of the Adler University’s Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy program. Maira has been engaging in the OSP process since she was an undergrad at the School of the Art Institute and is a ceramicist and painter.
Materials needed:
- Heavyweight cotton fabric or felt approximately 10” x 24”*
- Wooden dowels 12” long*
- Fabric cut into geometric shapes and strips
- Rick-rack, yarn, feathers, ribbon, buttons
- Glitter, stickers, word/picture cut-outs
- Scissors, tacky glue, brushes, and cups
- Foil or other non-stick material to place under the fabric while completing the project
- Embroidery thread (a mix of colors), embroidery needles

*Note that an already-assembled banner, such as this example, can be purchased in lieu of the cotton fabric and dowels to create the banner, if preferred.
This is an online program through Zoom. If you are new to this platform, watch a how-to tutorial here.

The program will begin promptly at noon PT, and we will open the waiting room ten minutes prior to starting. We encourage you to join at 11:50 am PT, so that you have time to potentially troubleshoot any connectivity issues before the beginning of the program.

By registering, you give UCLArts & Healing approval to record this event, still and/or moving images from which may appear in printed materials or digital channels for archival, educational, or promotional purposes.

Note that Zoom breakout rooms are not recorded.
For more information, and for any questions, please email or call us at (310) 452-1439.