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Art 321 hosts workshop for artists to support health care workers

Published: Jan. 5, 2022 at 4:20 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, Art 321 will host a two-day workshop in partnership with the Mercer Family Resource Center and the Wyoming Department of Health’s Intentional Injury Prevention Program.

The event is part of an ongoing effort by Art 321 to support health care workers through art. The emphasis during this workshop is on how artists and organizations can create programming for health care workers.

“This is part of our ongoing work to see more growth and investment in arts programming that influences health directly. That could mean anything from relief spaces where community members can come and participate in art because it’s a healthy activity all the way to clinical interventions like music therapy. This program is really a response to the provider burnout that were seeing in the medical field at large,” said Art 321 Executive Director Tyler Cessor.

On the first day of the workshop, presenters from the Mercer Family Resource Center will provide mental health first aid training and certification. The course will teach how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance abuse challenges. Participants will learn to identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with mental illness or addiction.

Board-certified music therapist, Hilary Camino, will present on how to use art that aids in processing emotional strain and trauma on the second day. Participants will be introduced to different arts in health program types, ethical considerations, and arts activities. Cessor and Camino will lead participants through a planning process for identifying arts program opportunities.

The workshop aims to prepare artists and art organizations to provide programs for health care workers in the future.

“After this training, we’re hoping to see a couple of these artists and groups will start to create programs in their home communities... So this is kinda like part one, let’s get the information and then see what these artists can come up with and how we can enter the fold for our public health providers,” said Cessor.

The workshop is open to Wyoming artists and art organizations of any discipline. Tickets are free and can be found online. The training is available in-person or online.

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