ARTREHUB is a volunteer-based initiative which provides psychological rehabilitation in a group setting for those who have suffered trauma, primarily during the ongoing war in Ukraine.

The art therapy practice at ARTREHUB is built around the "Red Thread Technique," a means of enhancing connectedness, which was developed by the project's founder, Zinaida Kubar.

Zinaida believes that today's artist has an obligation to be socially oriented. The events of the last years in the Eastern part of Ukraine intensified her belief and prompted her to found ARTREHUB, as a response to an urgent need.
Our mission is to help people who faced difficult life situations (war, illnesses, loss of loved ones, accidents or physical abuse) psychologically recover by means of art rehabilitation sessions. Currently, ARTREHUB affords priority to veterans of the "Anti-Terror Operations" (ATO). The art rehabilitation we practice is designed specifically to help the veterans' process of psychological healing, and to address some of the negative effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Our goals

1
Stimulate and support the process of rehabilitation of war veterans, and ease their return to active social life.
2
Advance the development of art therapy in Ukraine.
3
Import best global practices of art rehabilitation activities to Ukraine, and apply Ukraine's experience where it might help others.
4
Promote the "Red Thread Technique" method.
5
Popularization of Ukrainian culture.

"Red Thread Technique"

The art rehabilitation method developed by the Zinaida Kubar is called the "Red Thread Technique," because the red thread is a symbol of life, love and hope, and it is a bond between those who most need help, and those who give it. "Red thread" is analogous to, and evocative of blood vessels, which carry life energy throughout all body parts of the human body and link them into a single organism. It also allows our heart to «beat» in the rhythm of life and resonate with the hearts of others.
This method grew out of Zinaida's personal art practices, and her exploration of what is common throughout Ukrainian culture combined with folk handicraft practices. Symbols have long been a part of Zinaida's art and played a central role in her expression of timeless human qualities. Zinaida's ethnographic journey of discovery made her clearly understand that interaction with sacraed archaic signs in the creative process had a healing effect on the inner state of the modern human.
"Symbols are seen in everything, they are universal. Symbols encode the images we are working with in our minds and souls. There are many methods in art rehabilitation. But I decided to use my own experience and knowledge, in particular what I have personally tried and checked myself, so I know the way it works, fulfills, activates and draws you in meditation which finally allows in-depth healing to begin", – Zinaida Kubar.
The "Red Thread Technique" rehabilitation courses were created for both children and adults. Every session can be conducted within an expanded course and/or separately as a single session too. The sessions are lead by the Art Team, which consists of two coaches: a psychologist and an artist. They complete Zinaida's training course, which also involves practice-sessions before they can earn a certificate which allows to independetly conduct sessions using the "Red Thread Technique" method.
The "Red Thread Technique" rehabilitation courses were created for both children and adults. Every session can be conducted within an expanded course and/or separately as a single session too. The sessions are lead by the Art Team, which consists of two coaches: a psychologist and an artist. They complete Zinaida's training course, which also involves practice-sessions before they can earn a certificate which allows to independetly conduct sessions using the "Red Thread Technique" method.

History

Zinaida's art is deeply-rooted into Ukrainian culture. For more than 10 years she has been studying its rituals, folklore and applied arts elements. In her own art zinaida.studio, she elaborates and unveils the beauty and rich spiritual heritage of the Ukrainian nation.

The history of the method development takes its roots in family circle of the artist. In order to entertain her children, Zinaida initially built various activities for them, based on her art practice. Her children's positive response encouraged Zinaida to adapt these art sessions for kids suffering from autism at the "Rivnovaga" center. Five months of hard, yet productive work allowed her to differentiate the best and most effective practices for participants with special needs. Soon after, Zinaida began working with Center for Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support to provide art rehabilitation to АТО veterans. After a year's practical work there, Zinaida began identifying best practices for work with veterans as well. At the same time, she delivered therapy session for hospitalized children. Across this range of experiences, Zinaida managed to develop a unique art rehabilitation method, and develop a series of sessions that work well with one another in a consecutive course. With the method developed, Zinaida began recruiting coaches to help her serve those in need.

Meeting like-minded people who share the desire to spread art-rehabilitation practice, especially in terms of arranging therapy sessions with АТО veterans, is what makes up the heart of the non-profit organization 'ArtRehub'.

Feedbacks and works of participants

Thank you. You spend your time achieving results. Like an eye doctor, you open my eyes to the new, bright pages of life, and helped me get out of the darkness. Your method has helped me a lot to change after the horrible war, Zinaida. That's why I am devotedly grateful to you.
Taras, Obukhov, 36 years old
Participant of the military actions
I have never worked with the national symbols. What I get for the first time is how they are really striking. It is not merely a painting - it conveys the energy, the power, and the essence of what I am feeling.
These classes have become a great discovery for me. I have encountered various kinds of art-therapy, but I've never felt such a great power.
Natalka, Kyiv, 38 years old
Military volunteer
Thank you for your help! After art therapy sessions, some of my issues were resolved! I felt offended by one person but after I took part in the sessions I finally was relieved and my life became better. This resentment used to be a real burden for me. I appreciate that you and other volunteers and psychologists visit the hospital and support me. I now feel that it was not in vain to go to the war.
Dmytro, Kahovka, 33 years old
Participant of the military actions
I have submerged myself into the condition of calm alertness. This is what we are lacking in our life.
Serhii, Belaya Tserva, 42 years old
Participant of the military actions

Our team

Zinaida
Artists, the author of art rehabilitation method
Oksana Nechyporenko
Consultant in project development and fund-raising
Evhenia Tomashevska
Psychologist, art-therapist, art rehabilitation coach
Olena Khomyakova
Artists, art rehabilitation coach
Tetyana Niks
Artist, art rehabilitation coach
Ganna Zolotar
Psychologist, art-therapist, art rehabilitation coach
Nataliya Prilutskaya
Artist, art rehabilitation coach
Alina Kokoshko
Psychologist, art rehabilitation coach
Tamara Shevchuk
Artists, art rehabilitation coach
Maria Prostak
Artist, art rehabilitation coach

We receive assistance from

Masi Nayem
Legal adviser
Andriy Kozinchuk
Military psychologist
Andriy Didyk
Massage therapy consultant
Yuriy Melnychuk
Ethnographer, master craftsman in embroidery
Olga Bezklynska
Music therapist, the head of All-Ukrainian Public Organization "Music Therapy Association"

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Contact us

9/11 Igor Broniewicki street, Kyiv, Ukraine
Please connect with us, here are several ways to do so:
- support the project financially or in any other way,
- host sessions at your venue,
- become a trainer of art rehabilitation sessions,
- ask us, please, anything about this much-needed practice!

We are open to a range of collaborations.
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