When Oct 28 7:00 PM
Black and white photo of a person standing in front of a plant and painting

Join us for another installment of The Galleries' Work on Wellness series on October 28 at 7 p.m. with Shanina Dionna. Inspired by both Carl Rogers and Natalie Rogers' approach to person-centered therapy, the focus of this workshop center on the theory of Creative Connection®.

Developed by Natalie Rogers, Creative Connection® is the enhancing interplay of movement, art, writing, and sound. This modality stimulates self-exploration; fostering creative integration for client development. The facilitator and participants will work collaboratively to create a safe space for play and deep healing work with the application of this innovative practice.

Shanina Dionna is an Oahu, Hawaii born and Greater Philadelphia based visual & performance artist, mental health advocate, and non-profit youth arts educator. Since 2011, her works have built a platform raising mental health awareness through the annual "Embryo" art exhibition series. Her personal mental health and wellness journey through diagnoses, hospitalization, therapy, and creative healing help inform her artwork.

Her stride in cultivating social change through the arts is strengthened by growing relationships with the wellness community including the Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services, a local chapter for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and BeWell Philly. In 2016, she helped found "ARTbuds Philly," a free youth visual arts program, where she integrates expressive arts therapy into the curriculum - currently housed at the Urban Art Gallery in West Philadelphia. She is a recipient of The Dean Collection 20 Grant presented by Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys (2018) and in March 2020, Philadelphia Magazine recognized her as the "Philly Artist [who is] Creating a Positive Space for Mental Health Conversations." Shanina Dionna currently serves as a guest lecturer for Temple University's Urban Affairs course and is in pursuit of an expressive arts therapy certification in Sonoma, California.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Register through the link below. We will share login information and community guidelines prior to the event. 

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