Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art

Being Mindful

Means paying attention; being present in the moment; aware of what you are feeling and experiencing.  Art encourages mindfulness in that it gives the mind a focus that it can follow in the task of making.

One in four adults lives with a mental health condition, yet this common illness often remains hidden behind a wall of secrecy and isolation. Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art  – Contemporary Craft’s latest socially engaged art experience – breaks down societal stigmas and offers an opportunity to encounter and understand mental health through the lens of contemporary craft.


Art is Therapy

We can use creative expression as a way to express ourselves and communicate when speaking and words are not enough.  We tap into to subconscious in order to relax, express our feelings, gain insight and understanding, and build our self-esteem.  We can get lost in the process of making.  While engaged in the process we feel good.  We release tension and anxiety. We are mindful.

Connection and sharing stories offers Art Healing

The Gallery at Penn College will be hosting Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art, an exhibition that explores the impact that mental illness is having on society, and the role the arts can play to both encourage positive self-expression and guide effective mental health promotion and treatment.

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The show highlights a variety of techniques and forms that include innovative art expressions rooted in traditional craft materials, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between craft and painting, sculpture, conceptual, and installation art.  

Mindful was developed by the Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh.

Read more about the exhibition.

Trauma: Legacy, Biology, and the Path to Healing

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On Thurdsay, September 6, 2018 at 5:30pm, Mindful artist Meredith Grimsley will offer a lecture on her artwork and research concerning mental health, family history, personal trauma, and the implications of inherited trauma through epigenetics. Correlating the nature of dysfunctional family legacies through both personal experience and the discoveries revealed by epigenetics, Grimsley explores the psychological impact of patterns of behavior that each generation inherits. Her work discusses the impact of our history, the endurance of the human spirit, and the gift of healing.

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2nd floor of the Madigan Library


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