War Toys




Chronicling the process behind WAR-TOYS from the perspective of toy photographer Brian McCarty.

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Judy Rubin, the Original "Art Lady"

For the past six months, I've had the immense pleasure of working with renown art therapist, author, and educational filmmaker Dr. Judith Rubin. Her bio, while impressive, only hints at her dedication and passion for children's issues:

Judith A. Rubin, Ph.D. is a pioneer in the field of art therapy. She is the author of many books, including Child Art TherapyThe Art of Art TherapyMy Mom & Dad Don't Live Together AnymoreArtful Therapy, and editor of Approaches to Art Therapy. After her experience as the "Art Lady" on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (PBS), Judy has made numerous educational films, including Art Therapy Has Many FacesBeyond WordsWe'll Show You What We're Gonna Do!Children & the ArtsThe Green Creature Within,Creative Healing in Mental Health, and Art Therapy: A Universal Language for Healing.

Past President and Honorary Life Member of the American Art Therapy Association, Judy also served on the board of the National Committee – Arts for the Handicapped and the Task Force On the Arts for The President's Commission on Mental Health. Since retiring from clinical practice, she has devoted her energies to creating and disseminating films on the arts in therapy through a nonprofit organization, Expressive Media.

Judy has very graciously donated her time and expertise to the WAR-TOYS project. Aside from giving me invaluable advice and perspective based upon her decades of work with children, through her, I've connected with many equally brilliant and dedicated art and play therapists here and abroad. Their combined contributions will ensure that the success of WAR-TOYS will come from safe and positive interactions with affected children. 

I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Judy, and I thank her for her remarkable support and encouragement. To mark Judy officially coming on board as a Consulting Art Therapist, I thought I'd share a photo of her working alongside Dr. Fred Rogers in the early days of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.