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 ART WELLNESS EXCHANGE 

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The Art Wellness Exchange® is an introspective experience, leveraging art to build mental health awareness, generate conversation, and strengthen community connections.  The Art Wellness Exchange® provides an alternative for participants to gain mental health awareness within an everyday space, aimed to reduce stigma and encourage the continuation of their mental health journey. The Art Wellness Exchange® can be curated for multiple audiences from students, faculty, staff, and healthcare workers.  Investment in our community is not merely transactional and it is vital to focus on system wide enhancements rather than relying solely on individual intervention.  

We are now prepared to offer the Art Wellness Exchange® through our audio platform and have created a sample draft for demonstration purposes only. For additional information, please email Ashley@handmadedreams.org

Tennessee Technological State University -Student Engagement and Intercultural Affairs

March 2024

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art-University of Oregon

September 20, 2023

North Carolina Museum of Art

College Art Wellness Exchange

January 2023-December 2023

Auburn University

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

Spring 2023- Fall 2023

International African American Museum 

July 2023

Harn Museum of Art-University of Florida

Wellness and Creativity Workshop

July 23, 2022

Norton Museum of Art

Women's Walk Community Day

March 19, 2022

Symbolic Interactionism

The Art Wellness Exchange® is based on Herbert Blumer's Symbolic Interactionism (Blumer 1969, Symbolic Interactionism Perspective and Method, University of California Press), which is based on 3 principles. 

These meanings are derived through social interaction with others.

People act toward things, including each other, based on the meanings they have for them.

These meanings are managed and transformed through an interpretive process that people use to make sense of and handle the objects that constitute their social worlds

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