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March is Almost Here

Participant Art Using the Color of the Month

Art and Feelings Session Jan. 2024

Monthly Update

Theme: Magic March

Color: Shamrock Green (#03AC13)

Our monthly theme and color are based on March’s St. Patrick’s Day. Shamrock Green is used to represent luck and magic. Our participants are encouraged to incorporate our monthly themes and colors within their artistic self-expression. 


“You can’t live life without being a participant in it.”

-Sheila A.


MVMC Activities and Mental Health Awareness in March:

·      March 2nd, the Project Coordinator, Halonnah Hope Kay will attend a TCOE STEAM Event at the Planetarium from 10-2 PM.

·      Visit MVMC’s sessions and engage in the arts!

·      Special days this month include Mar. 1st – World Compliment Day and Zero Discrimination Day, Self-Injury Awareness Day; Mar 2nd – World Teen Mental Health Day; March 7th- University Mental Health Day; March 29th- TWLOHA Day, March 20th- International Day of Happiness, March 30th- World Bipolar Day, and Creative Art Therapy Week in March (TBA-Visit for more information.)


MVMC Session Updates


No Stigma Speakers Bureau Session

●      Filming for MHSA’s “Untangling Roots, Cultivating Wellness and Recovery”, a video being created for social media and TV was on February 27, 2024.

●      March 28th, College of the Sequoia’s Mary Ann Laufer will bring her class to visit the Arts Consortium and My Voice Media Center and hear a presentation by our No Stigma Speaker’s Bureau, with facilitator, Olivia Garza.

Peer Support Session

●      In February participants who requested Peer Support, old and new, have been working on WRAP plans and learning tools to cope with triggers, with our Peer support specialist, Olivia Garza.

Art and Feelings Session

·      Art and Feelings, with Merry Miller-Gass, on the last FRIDAY of February, participants explored the color of the month – Rose Pink!

·      Participants learned how to brainstorm ideas together using the color of the month, nonetheless, all their artworks were unique.

·      Art and Feelings, on the last FRIDAY of March, participants will explore the color of the month – Shamrock Green!

Art of Movement Session

·      Art of Movement’s George Jagatic works with participants at different levels of experience on artful stretching and posing.

·      The Art of Movement session has been rehearsing a performance they will present live during the May 3rd, Mental Health Month event at Arts Consortium’s, F1rst Friday.

·      The “Expressions of Wellness and Recovery” will be presented on May 3rd, 2024, from 5-8 pm at the Art Consortium’s gallery.

Drawing Session

·      The Drawing session, with facilitator, Bronson Combs, has been working on still-life drawings in graphite, from everyday objects.

Guitar Session

·      The Guitar session is working on the song “Donna”, by Ritchie Valens, with their facilitator, Hector Uriarte.

·      Here is a helpful link for the guitar chords:

Photo and Video Editing Session

·      Phet Kamsaysoury, the Photo and Video Editing Session facilitator worked on Valentine’s cards and using Photoshop.

·      Participants continue to learn how to use their cameras indoors

and outdoors.

Painting Session

·      Heidi Steinman guides the participants who have started a study on the Dry Creek Preserve in Woodlake, CA.

·      Please visit for more information on the Dry Creek Preserve.

Printmaking Session

·      Eddie Isaola, the facilitator, has the participants carve into wooden blocks to create multiple prints of the same image.

2D 3D Art

·      Participants practice using textures, colors, and a variety of art media and discussions to express themselves.

·      The facilitator, Olivia Garza, presents an art video once a month where participants have the chance to create a guided project together.


Offsite Youth Sessions with our Partners: (for Youth 18 and younger)

Tulare County Court Appointed Special Advocates: CASA Art Night 


California Health Collaborative: HEAL Project’s “Creative Corner”


Allensworth Progressive Association: Allensworth Art Night






(Above) John H. Art and Feelings Session Jan. 2024

About the My Voice Media Center: The My Voice Media Center

(MVMC) is made possible through a partnership between the Arts Consortium and the Tulare County Health and Human Services Mental Health branch. The My Voice Media Center serves adults from throughout Tulare County who have first-hand experiences with mental health struggles and those who provide support for the same. We believe that self-expression through various mediums of art can help our community members thrive on their path of wellness and recovery. The My Voice Media Center aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Our activities include the following:

●      We provide a safe and welcoming environment where participants may explore their artistic style.

●      We provide opportunities for our participants to learn from professional artists on and off-site.

●      We provide exhibition and art sale opportunities for interested participants.

●      We provide opportunities for our participants to take part in presentations that help educate our community at large about mental wellness and recovery.

●      We collaborate with local organizations to promote and advocate for mental health services.

●      We provide opportunities for our participants to visit other arts and culture centers.


MVMC Resources and Works Cited


We would like to invite you to become a participant in the My Voice Media Center's free arts programming by visiting us and completing an enrollment form.

If you are interested in becoming a participant, having the NSSB session speak to your organization, would like to showcase MVMC’s artwork, or have general questions about the MVMC Project of Arts Consortium, please contact us!


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Enroll at the Arts Consortium:

340 E. Oak Ave, Suite 112

Visalia, CA 93291

Voicemail: 559-772-0001



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