Our TCI Therapeutic Clown and friend, Lucy Ibarra, ‘Princesa’ was getting married! The day before the wedding, November 6th, Lucy, as Manager of Special Events, invited Therapeutic Clowns International (TCI) to present with her, the profession of therapeutic clowning to approximately 100 of her colleagues at CRIT, The Centre for Rehabilitation for Children... See full report
In 2011, TCI led a workshop for the Cuban children's theatre La Colmenita and the following year they were invited by and implemented a workshop for the health minister of Cuba, training Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and professional clowns. Lucy Ibarra was one of the enthusiastic participants who attended and became inspired.
Under the mentorship of Joan Barrington, Lucy brought the skills she had learned at the two workshops in Cuba with her when she moved to Mexico. With the support of TCI initiatives already in place, she began to teach and then partner with professional artists in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora. The interest led to the training of three more clowns who learned the sensibilities and intricacies of becoming therapeutic clown practitioners.
The program that Lucy started has extended to senior care at DIF Hermosillo in FIVE facilities in the city. Residents, families and staff are witnessing the transformation that laughter and the re- discovery of lost play is bringing to a very often isolating and lonely environment.
In July of 2014, a funding grant was attained through the city of Hermosillo supporting the work of TCI. The Arts and culture are highly regarded in this country and credibility around the overlap of clowning as therapy through the arts validates our continued work.