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Longfellow Community Health: Using Art as a Tool for Mental Health Support

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Join Curiosity Studio for open studios with art making experiences designed to strengthen individual and community wellness over the course of five different dates this fall.  This session will take place on Zoom from 12 to 2pm and focus on Art as a way of Stabilizing.

Engagement in the creative process offers opportunities to cope, examine, and build resilience. The safety and stabilization phase is a vital component of trauma healing and requires time and consideration. This Open Studio creates an opportunity for community members to come together in an environment that promotes a sense of stabilization using meditative art processes.

Register here. You will receive a Zoom link before the class begins.

About Curiosity Studio
Curiosity Studio is an art therapy and trauma informed art studio located in the Longfellow neighborhood. The open studio model was originally developed by art therapist Pat Allen as a way to off-set systems of inequality by providing intentional space for groups to gather outside of traditional therapy settings.  Since 2019, CS has adapted this model to address topics felt and experienced by the community on a monthly basis at no cost.

About Longfellow Community Health Programming
Through funding made available by the Hennepin County CHIP Grant, Curiosity Studio has partnered with the Longfellow Business Association and Longfellow Community Council to address consistently identified themes that impact the mental health of our employees and residents in our neighborhood.

These five sessions aim to address the stress, trauma, or violence happening in your apartment building, workplaces, neighborhood, school, or community. All sessions are in person at Curiosity Studio, except Sept. 27 session which is over Zoom. 

Themes include:

September 27th, 12-2pm – Art as a way of Stabilizing (zoom) 
Engagement in the creative process offers opportunities to cope, examine, and build resilience. The safety and stabilization phase is a vital component of trauma healing and requires time and consideration. This Open Studio creates an opportunity for community members to come together in an environment that promotes a sense of stabilization using meditative art processes.

October 6th, 6-8pm  – Art as a way of Sharing
Stories offer a way to contain and share our experiences. Through the artful altering of books, community members are invited to tell their story their own way during this open studio.

October 11th, 6-8 pm – Art as a way of Fight
“Never fight to injure, fight to uplift.” Chanel Miller // Our aim in this group is to reflect on how fighting for our community can be translated into art. Through the process of screen printing, participants will create messages that they wish they could tell institutions of power that uplifts our community.

Oct 14th, 11am-1pm – Art as a way to come back to your Body
Body scanning can be a useful way to check in with yourself and know when you need a pause. Join us to learn how to use this exercise alongside art making to build up your capacity for slowing down and checking in during the difficulties of our day to day.

Oct 24th, 4-6 – Art as a way to Process
How do we process the events, accidents, or markers of a whole life? We look at each piece, just a little bit at a time, and see how it has fit together to make a whole. Mosaic shows us the importance of every piece and makes meaning with cohesive results. Let’s use mosaic as a way to start sifting through the process. 

Details

Date:
September 27
Time:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Organizer

Curiosity Studio
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