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Auburn University-Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

The Jule is launching a "Self-Care Saturday" initiative, designed to help students relax and focus on their well-being.  The Art Wellness Exchange® will be offered to students during this experience as a free activity that is linked to the "Invisible Thread" exhibition.


North Carolina Museum of Art

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.


Norton Museum of Art

Hand Made Dreams® partnered with the Norton Museum of Art to focus on the educators of Palm Beach County, Florida.  Educators remain dedicated to our youth and community as they continue to navigate through various challenges.  This workshop experience is curated for educators to reflect on their own journey of self-care.



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

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

North Carolina Museum of Art

Self-Care for Caregivers Series

August 2021-October 2021

Due to confidentiality, all names have been removed.

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. 

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

These meanings are derived through social interaction with others.

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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