Art in Common, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) community outreach non-profit charitable organization based in Ridgefield, CT whose mission is to promote creativity, increase community awareness around important social issues, and foster connection across populations. Creative connection focusing on what we share facilitates compassion and understanding. Founded and led by Aimee Jette, CLAT, ATR, LPC, a practicing art therapist, and artist, we offer presentations on the connection between art practice and mental health, workshops, and classes for community members, and art shows and exhibitions to support our participants. Our philosophy is: - The arts should be accessible to everyone - Creativity fuels life and enriches a community - We can identify with each other through the creative process - Connection between people is nurtured by creative exposure and support - Creative expression takes diverse forms - The process of creating art together and displaying it publicly creates strong bonds Aimee founded Art in Common, Inc. in early 2016 after spending much of her life in the corporate world as a producer and designer. She served as a mentor for recently resettled refugees with the resettlement agency, Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants in Bridgeport, CT and helped launch Refugee Resettlement Ridgefield in her hometown. She was awarded a month-long artist residency in Laugavatn, Iceland in July 2016 where she focused on techniques to bring back to the work she does here in the States. In March 2018, she spent time abroad studying with Expressive Arts Ireland. Aimee holds a Masters of Arts in Creative Arts Therapy Counseling from Hofstra University and is currently pursuing an MFA in Painting at Western Connecticut State University. She is an Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor and practicing artist.

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