As the museum field continues to prioritize well being as a fundamental value, how
can we continue developing thriving museums that contribute to the creation of healthy, vibrant communities? This is the AAM2024 theme this year, with session tracks organized around Personal, Organizational, Community, and Society. I hope you’ll join me at AAM2024 to catch my session on Finding Your Spark: Renewing Your Professional Wellness Journey.
Hand Made Dreams® is a mental health platform dedicated to bringing mental health awareness to everyday spaces. Check out our latest vision the Art Wellness Exchange®.
Museum of Durham History Presents Stranger Times, Durham NC
The MoDH has officially announced the launch of their new exhibit, Stranger Times, inspired by the Emmy-nominated Netflix series Stranger Things. Stories of teenagers and their experiences during the pandemic will be highlighted. We are honored join the sponsors for this wonderful initiative.
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art-Auburn University
Southern hospitality at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art-Auburn University for Self-Care Saturdays! Such a wonderful initiative and we look forward to facilitating the Art Wellness Exchange to build mental health awareness, generate conversation, and strengthen community connections.
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh NC
We are excited to return to the North Carolina Museum of Art with multiple offerings available for college students to participate in the Art Wellness Exchange® experience. Students will have the opportunity to engage mindfully with their peers while spending time in the calm and beautiful galleries of the Museum.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art-University of Oregon
During this experience, we will dedicate our time pouring into educators, staff, and faculty. Utilizing art to launch our conversations, we will explore all things wellness, signs of burnout, and establishing realistic expectations to maintain balance between personal and professional demands.
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Restoring the soul of your organization should not be a transactional or hierarchical process. In any initiative where you seek to make systemic change, it’s vital to include everyone in your organization, in all positions and levels. From my collective work across sectors, I’ve put together a framework I call B.U.I.L.D. Creating the conditions for empathy within the workplace removes the stigma around mental wellness and only creates additional value to our professional toolkit. It is my hope to see organizations dedicate themselves to B.U.I.L.D.-ing, one day at a time.
Ashley L. Witherspoon MSW LCSW
Founder, CEO at Hand Made Dreams®
Hand Made Dreams® offers publications providing therapeutic strategies, professional development, and therapy services. We recognize the increased need to provide compassionate support as we establish a new routine. Our licensed clinicians are available to meet the needs of both adults and adolescents through individual, family, and couples counseling.