Can Art Promote Well-being?

Posted: October 7, 2015 at 11:15 am, Last Updated: October 14, 2015 at 4:38 pm

A Conversation on Mental Health

October 26, 2015
6:00 to 7:00 pm
Founders Hall Auditorium
Reception to follow

Guest Speakers:
Elizabeth Baldwin – Interim Executive Director, Art Enables
Barbara Meehan, PhD – Executive Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, George Mason University
Rhonda Wilbon, PhD – Psychotherapist and Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Morgan State University
Cheryl Maxwell – President, The Carolyn Anne Foundation, Inc.

Access to mental health and well-being resources can mean the difference between life and death for those struggling with depression. For Carolyn Anne Watts, painting provided solace during her lifelong struggle with depression. Both the extent of Carolyn Anne’s artistic production, and her mental health issues remained hidden from her family, until she took her own life. In honor of Carolyn Anne’s struggle, the Carolyn Anne Foundation employs art and discussion to advocate for awareness of the gap between those struggling silently with mental health issues, and available resources.

In conjunction with the exhibit in Founders Hall Gallery (FHG), Untitled, Undated, and Unsigned: The Work of Carolyn Anne Watts, George Mason University’s Arts Management Program is hosting a conversation on mental health on October 26, 2015, at 6:00 pm, in Founders Hall Auditorium. The discussion will explore contemporary mental healthcare trends, available resources in the community, and the use of art to promote well-being. Panelists include: Elizabeth Baldwin, Interim Executive Director of Art Enables; Dr. Barbara Meehan, Executive Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at George Mason University; Dr. Rhonda Wilbon, Psychotherapist and Associate Professor of the School of Social Work at Morgan State University; and Cheryl Maxwell, President of the Carolyn Anne Foundation Inc.

This event and the following reception are free and open to the public. Please RSVP at: