Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2016

First Advisor

Megan Robb

Second Advisor

Shelly Goebl-Parker

Third Advisor

Gussie Klorer

Abstract

This pilot project of Art and Eating Disorders was approved by The Emily Program Foundation (TEPF) (Emily Program Foundation, n.d.), a 501(c) (3) nonprofit working to eliminate eating disorders through advocacy, social outreach, and collaboration with community partners. TEPF recruited five artists. Artists were interviewed by Sarah Pray and artwork digitally recorded at various locations, filmed and edited by videographer, Eve Daniels. Artists brought artwork and other creative work related to their recovery. The resulting videos were uploaded to the TEPF website (www.theemilyprogramfoundation.org) weekly. The goal of the pilot project was to measure the project's ability to document stories of recovery from an eating disorder, to provide a supportive and creative environment to create film narratives of recovery, and to increase public awareness of eating disorders through its online platform. This proposal demonstrated the need for online resources that support recovery and promote advocacy for the treatment of eating disorders.