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Longfellow Community Health

Using Art As A Tool For Mental Health Support

Curiosity Studio is an art therapy and trauma informed art studio located in the Longfellow neighborhood.  Using the open studio model, residents, business owners or employees are invited to use art making experiences to strengthen individual and community wellness over the course of 5 different dates this fall. 

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.

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.

There will be five separate sessions open to all Longfellow residents, businesses and their employees. All sessions are free. One session will be held over Zoom. Four sessions will be held in-person at Curosity Studios located at 3607 East Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406.

These five sessions aim to address the stress, trauma, or violence happening in your apartment building, workplaces, neighborhood, school, or community. Themes will include:

9/27 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. 12–2 PM (Zoom)

10/6 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. 6–8 PM (In Person)

10/11 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. 6–8 PM (In Person)

10/14 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. 11 AM–1 PM (In Person)

10/24 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. 4–6 PM (In Person)

 

 

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Date (mm/dd/yyyy CDT) Location Available Slot
09/27/2022
(Tue. 12:00pm - 2:00pm)
Zoom 

Art As a Way of Stabilizing (Zoom workshop) (50)

Zoom link will be sent to you before the event

 
11 of 50 slots filled
Alex Hecker
Sigrid Arnott
Gina Peterson
Kristen Barlow
Kristina Mengis
Torrie Pernell
Hannah Novillo Erickson
Rebecca Perez
Erin Lavelle
Erin Tressler
Rachel Boeke
10/06/2022
(Thu. 6:00pm - 8:00pm)
Curiosity Studios

Art As a Way of Sharing (15)

 
8 of 15 slots filled
Kaelin Winkelman
Gina Peterson
Kristina Mengis
Cristina Montoya
Torrie Pernell
Hannah Novillo Erickson
Erin Lavelle
Karina Velardi
10/11/2022
(Tue. 6:00pm - 8:00pm)
Curiosity Studios

Art As a Way of Fight (15)

 
10 of 15 slots filled
Kaelin Winkelman
Sigrid Arnott
Gina Peterson
Kristina Mengis
andrea tritschler
Torrie Pernell
Jasmine Epps
Hannah Novillo Erickson
Erin Lavelle
Wanja Kuria
10/14/2022
(Fri. 11:00am - 1:00pm)
Curiosity Studios

Art As a Way to Come Back to Your Body (15)

 
9 of 15 slots filled
Alex Hecker
Sigrid Arnott
Kristina Mengis
Charlee Gorham
Torrie Pernell
Mariah Wika
Hannah Novillo Erickson
Wanja Kuria
Calvin Keyes
10/24/2022
(Mon. 4:00pm - 6:00pm)
Curiosity Studios

Art As a Way to Process (15)

 
11 of 15 slots filled
Sigrid Arnott
Gina Peterson
Kristen Barlow
Cristina Montoya
Torrie Pernell
Jasmine Epps
Hannah Novillo Erickson
Erin Lavelle
Wanja Kuria
Calvin Keyes
Karina Velardi
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