The healing power of arts topic of Sunday TEA forum
Published 1:10 pm, Thursday, April 30, 2015
"Healing through the Arts" is the topic of the second TEA -- Thinkers, Educators, Artists -- talk set for Sunday by the Westport Arts Advisory Committee.
The TEA Talk is set for 2 p.m. at Town Hall. The event and a reception at the Westport Historical Society immediately following are free and open to the public.
The Healing through the Arts program will feature professionals in the visual and performing arts who use music and art therapy for veterans, cancer patients, prison inmates and their families.
"As we thought about why the arts are so important to our community, we were struck by the psychological, physiological and spiritual roles that visual and performing arts play in the healing process," Dr. Richard Epstein, the WAAC co-chairman and local musician/medical professional, said in a statement publicizing the event.
The program will have three 20-minute moderated conversations followed by a question-and-answer session. Video clips of each arts therapy program, as well as by artists and patients involved in these programs, will be included in the presentation.
Evie Lindemann, printmaking artist and associate professor of art therapy at Albertus Magnus College, will discuss the Westport Arts Center's visual-arts therapy programs for veterans and cancer patients with artists Jahmane West and Nell Waters Bernegger.
West, a street artist, painter and fashion designer, uses art as therapy at Bridgeport's Homes for the Brave residence for veterans. Bernegger volunteers in the WAC therapeutic arts program at the Smilow Cancer Center of Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Epstein will discuss music therapy with Craig Gillespie, board-certified music therapist and mental health counselor, who provides music therapy for cancer patients at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport.
The Bridging Boundaries Arts Intervention Program at York Correctional Institute in Niantic will be day's final discussion with Judy Dworin, professor of theater and dance at Trinity College, and Kristin Fox, documentary film producer, arts administrator and arts software developer.
Tickets are not required for the TEA event. For more information, go to www.westportarts.org.