Event takes place April 9 at Summit Artspace
— The arts and expressive therapies are often used in therapeutic settings to assist individuals in the midst of a physical or mental health healing journey. To bring together people and organizations throughout northeast Ohio that are working at – or interested in – the intersection of arts and health, the Northeast Ohio Healing Arts Alliance will host a free event, called the Healing Arts Drop-In, Tuesday, April 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St.
The evening will include refreshments, activities, and a live performance from songwriter Angie Haze, who has used music and storytelling as elements of healing throughout her career. The event also will feature poetry and dance, and attendees will be able to network with healing arts providers, along with agencies and organizations that employ artists and expressive therapists in their operations.
“We are excited about the inaugural Healing Arts Drop-in event and the opportunity to connect community members throughout northeast Ohio with organizations that serve at the intersection of the arts and mental health,” said Nicole Robinson, the writer-in-residence at Akron Children’s Hospital’s Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center and a member of the Northeast Ohio Healing Arts Alliance’s steering committee. “The arts are an important component of the healing process for both children and adults, and we hope this event will raise awareness, promote advocacy, and provide consumers with knowledge of and access to the healing arts available throughout northeast Ohio.”
For several years, the Northeast Ohio Healing Arts Alliance has hosted continuing education workshops for local counselors, social workers and other practitioners looking to understand and refer clients to expressive therapies. The upcoming drop-in event will be the first in a series of gatherings to help educate the public about this valuable means of healing.
For information, including event registration, visit www.neohealingarts.org.
The Northeast Ohio Healing Arts Alliance (NEOHAA) is an alliance of area organizations and individuals who have an interest in promoting awareness of and integrating expressive therapies into mental health treatment. For info, visit www.neohealingarts.org.