Supporting the Mental Health of Artists Working with Vulnerable Populations

Saturday, June 16, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Artists who make work with vulnerable populations often witness, evoke, and hold space for emotional processes. While gifted their practice, artists can also feel out of depth when participants are processing trauma through their work. Mental health aid, self-care, and education around trauma are important services to offer artists in these spaces so that they can confidently care for both their participants and themselves.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn more about holding emotional space in an artistic process, drawing boundaries with participants, and supporting artists in their specific skillsets.
  2. Gain practical learnings about how local arts agencies can serve as direct and indirect support to artists who work in psychologically challenging situations.
  3. Explore self-care and self-assessment protocols for mental health, as well as strategies for identifying at-risk individuals and resources for supporting them.


This session is part of the Culture and Community sessions.