Artistic avenues can help you stay on the path of wellness. We learn that there are so many ways to practice wellness, resilience, and recovery skills, but also so many ways to practice art.
So what does it mean to practice?
Many artists can swear by the fact that what got them to where they are now, as they look back on the successful moments they have had, is PRACTICE, Practice, practice. Our participants learn the necessary skills to do just that. They become familiar with an art form, whether it be traditional art, new technology, or support sessions that lead to bigger events like public speaking. Helping to reduce the stigma of mental health in our community is one of the tools that our No Stigma Speaker's Bureau learns as they tell their own success stories and find that others can benefit from hearing their first-hand experience in mental health.
What can we learn...?
Scroll through the images to see My Voice Media Center's No Stigma Speaker's Bureau Session.
How has art helped others throughout history who had a lived experience?
There are many throughout history that have had a lived experience while also having the courage to continue to do what they love. The following 6 artists whom many of you know well, also had a lived experience of their own. They practiced resilience to continue to do what made them happy, what they loved about art and to continue to create.
"6 Famous Artists Who Struggled with Mental Illness
#1. Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)
#2. Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
#3. Edvard Munch (1863-1944)
#4. Mark Rothko (1903-1970)www.SAHHSA.gov
#5. Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)
#6. Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)"
(Work Cited: "6 Famous Artists Who Struggled with Mental Illness"; www.1000museums.com/famous-artists-with-depression/)
What are some good ways to practice resilience?
SAMHSA provided us with eight dimensions of wellness to keep us on our toes.
"Each dimension of wellness can affect the overall quality of life...an individual's physical health, but all the factors that contribute to a person's overall wellness." (SAMHSA.gov)
The Eight Dimensions of Wellness:
Emotional, Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical, Environmental, Financial, Occupational, and Social.
What are some of the sessions you offer that provide learning an art form?
My Voice Media Center offers a variety of sessions that include traditional Art Forms such as Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and 2D and 3D Art. We also offer technical skills in Video and Photo Editing, and one of our favorites - The No Stigma Speaker's Bureau.
In all of these sessions, the ability to continuously practice your technical skills in an art form provides you with the path to create a more well-rounded vision of your wellness. How?
Art sessions provide participants with the ability to be social, create a physical practice using hands-on learning, occupational for those that love art as a craft, we are completely free of charge for those adults who have a lived experience, and thus providing a financial lift. Intellectually a participant is challenged to see other's work and many other artists around locally and in the process of learning by the facilitators. The environment at MVMC is a safe and welcoming environment in which the participant can easily create and be inspired by art.
What are some examples of recent work?
Here are some examples of work from the CASA Kids Art Night in November 2022:
CASA August 2022 Video:
How do I enroll as a participant? Please visit us in person at 808 N. Court St in Visalia, CA 93291. We are open from 10-3 PM Tuesday through Friday.
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