US Second Lady Karen Pence joined Sara Netanyahu at a roundtable Monday with art therapists in Jerusalem, in an effort to promote the field.
Pence, a former art teacher herself, explained to the roughly one dozen artists present why she viewed the therapeutic technique as so crucial and why she chose it as her primary initiative as second lady.
“As I became Second Lady and was asked, ‘What would you like your one initiative to be?’ I realized that art therapists are very misunderstood. Art therapy is not arts and crafts. You are mental health professionals. Most of you have a masters or doctor degree. This is a type of therapy,” Pence explained.
She also thanked Netanyahu for joining her and added that the two have “known about each other for many, many years.”
Mrs. Sara Netanyahu and @SecondLady Karen Pence met with members of the Israeli Organization for Art Therapy. They met with art therapists who presented unique approaches that have been developed in Israel and held a joint art exercise. pic.twitter.com/EdFJ7s2QPB
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) January 22, 2018
— Karen Pence (@SecondLady) January 22, 2018
For her part, Netanyahu welcomed Pence “to Jerusalem our eternal capital.”
“I’m delighted to participate in this, today’s roundtable and to meet all these wonderful people. As a participant child psychologist, I share your deep commitment to art therapy,” she said.
Netanyahu went on to praise the second lady’s work in advancing the field.
The two then participated in an art exercise with the visiting art therapists.