Lucy Barbera Publishes Chapter in “The Expressive Use of Masks Across Cultures and Healing Arts”

Book jacket for The Expressive Use of Masks Across Cultures and Healing Arts, edited by Susan Ridley.

Lucy Barbera ’09 (GSLC, PhD) published “The Avatar: Masks of Hope and Healing” in the book The Expressive Use of Masks Across Cultures and Healing Arts (Routledge 2024). The Expressive Use of Masks Across Cultures and Healing Arts explores the interplay between masks and culture and their therapeutic use in the healing arts, such as music, art, dance/movement, drama, play, bibliotherapy, and intermodal. Each section of the book focuses on a different context, including viewing masks through a cultural lens, masks at play, their role in identity formation (persona and alter ego), healing the wounds from negative life experiences, from the protection of medical masks to helping the healing process, and from expressions of grief to celebrating life stories.

Photo of Lucy Barbera smiling

Barbera is a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist whose clinical work spans the medical, psychiatric, and special education settings as a Creative Arts Therapist, Art Teacher, and Special Education School District Administrator.

Learn more about Barbera and read her dissertation Palpable Pedagogy: Expressive Arts, Leadership, and Change in Social Justice Teacher Education here.