Lecture series focuses on the therapeutic benefits of art

Fresno State is bringing “Arts as a Means to Well-being,” mental health workshops to its students, faculty and staff who faced the challenges like social/emotional depression, anxiety, isolation and trauma during the COVID 19 pandemic.

The unique workshops are designed to benefit everyone, whether or not they are artists. They are designed to help people express their sentiments and emotions, feel relieved and develop a greater knowledge of the power of the arts. All the events are free, and registration is open to the public. 

Dr. Sojung Park
Dr. Sojung Park

The first session, “Intro to Art Therapy and Mental Health,” is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, on Zoom. Dr. Sojung Park (Collaboration with TCAP) provides the audience with general art therapy and mental health contexts, followed by a hands-on art workshop. Park is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Education, Art Therapy at the Ewha Women’s University. 

Dr. Kelvin Ramirez
Dr. Kelvin Ramirez

The second session, “Reducing the Toxicity of Hate: Advocacy, Activism, and Self-care in a Global Pandemic,” is scheduled for 3:30 p.m Wednesday, Feb. 23 on Zoom. Dr. Kelvin Ramirez, associate professor of Expressive Therapies at Lesley University and certified Art Therapist, will explore self-care through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

More spring semester lectures will be announced soon.

The events are endorsed by CFA Fresno Chapter, Staff Assembly, and Alegría Mental Health Task Force. 

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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