Creativity and art have long served as a place of refuge, a therapeutic tool, and a potent vehicle of expressive communication and healing. Please join us for a conversation with a panel of artists, art educators and art therapists who will discuss the ways in which they use art to respond to trauma and pave a path towards healing for ourselves and others. Some of the themes to be explored: relationship between art, trauma, and healing; art as a tool for advocacy and awareness; art as a safe space for expression. The panel will be moderated by Sangeeta Ravichandran (UIC Sociology).
Johannil Napoleón, MAAT, LPC, is a multimedia artist, activist and art therapist. She is Dominican-Haitian born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She received her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Her passion is to serve youth in marginalized communities, educate and advocate for youth, create spaces where women and girls can gain a sense of self-empowerment through art, education and community engagement, and use art as a tool for healing and social change. Website: jnartist.com
Carlye Frank is an artist, art instructor, and administrator at Calumet College of St Joseph in Whiting, IN. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a MA from the University of Chicago, and is currently working on her MFA. Her visual work deals with violence, particularly against women and children, while her academic work centers largely around student support and success- helping students navigate, survive, and thrive in the college environment.
Keren Díaz de León is a queer Mexican American artist, poet, Free Street Theater ensemble member, and zine maker from the south side of Chicago. She is currently studying Latin American & Latino Studies and Gender & Women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
This program is hosted by the UIC Women’s Leadership & Resource Center/Campus Advocacy Network.