MINDFULLY CREATIVE PODCAST EPISODE 7: “Inspiring Artists Outside the Mainstream: Studio In-Sight”

 

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Episode 7 of the Mindfully Creative Podcast features Tessa Barr.   Tessa is the Art Specialist for Cornerstone Montgomery’s art program Studio In-Sight. Cornerstone Montgomery empowers people living with mental health and some with co-occurring substance use disorders to live, work and integrate successfully within the community. Tessa holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of art and feels that both her teaching and her art making practice have been heavily informed by the many things she has studied over the years. In particular, she often incorporates her education as a graduate from Tampala Institute’s movement based Expressive Arts Program, studies with Cultural Anthropologist Angeles Arrien and her work with mentor Ruth Boerger (from the Gestalt institute of San Francisco). She began her teaching career working with artists at the Cedars of Marin’s Victory Center for arts and communications in Marin County California. Tessa currently lives in Baltimore with her husband and two dogs.

Studio In-Sight was established in 2006  to bring space and inspiration to artists who may be outside the mainstream. Artists of the Studio In-Sight are the clients of Cornerstone Montgomery, a psychiatric rehabilitation facility in Montgomery County, Maryland (neighboring Washington, DC) that serves those living with a chronic and persistent mental health disorders. The studio is a part of the Life Skills Program whose mission is to guide, train, and empower the clients in a social and supportive atmosphere.

The studio is dedicated to artists who want to work as artists. Studio In-Sight provides a space where art can happen in a safe and nurturing environment. Opportunities to share what is created for the benefit of the artists and for the community are explored regularly. Specially trained staff support and provide guidance as needed.

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Maryland-based, mixed media artist Sandra Davis (right) works on a collaborative art piece with a Studio-In-Sight artist during a visit to the studio in July 2016.  The artwork was displayed as part of the Dialogue exhibition at the Ratner Museum in 2016.

On this episode, Tessa and I talk about what I consider the magic of Studio-In-Sight and specifically how art can help people who are in recovery from mental illness. We also talk about a special exhibition I help to organize and co-curate, Dialogue a collabortive projeect which included professional artists from the Washington, DC area and artists of Studio-In-Sight that was launched in 2016.  Also, Tessa shares advice to artists who are interested in working with people who have mental health challenges in similar programs in their communities.

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Check out the video below which the artists, curators and organizers, including Yours Truly of Dialogue, share perspectives and experiences from the exhibition project which culuminated into an exhibition that was held last fall at the Personal Visions Gallery at the Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum in Bethesda, Maryland.

Learn more about Studio In-Sight and the Personal Visions Gallery below:

Websites:

Cornerstone Montgomery: http://www.cornerstonemontgomery.org/

Studio In-Sight:  http://studioinsight.org/

Personal Visions Gallery:  http://personalvisionsgallery.org/

Social Media:

Facebook: 

Cornerstone Montgomery: https://www.facebook.com/CornerstoneMontgomery

Studio In-Sight: https://www.facebook.com/cornerstonemontgomerystudioinsight/

Instagram:

Studio In-Sight: https://www.instagram.com/s_insight/

Twitter:  

Cornerstone Montgomery: https://twitter.com/CornerstoneMoCo

Listen to the interview below.  You can subscribe and follow the Mindfully Creative podcast can be heard on Stitch, Google Play and Soundcloud.

On Instagram? Join me for the #ArtistDateChallenge for Creatives!

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Now that summer weather has moved in, I feel like engaging in some Artist Dates to keep my creative juices flowing. And I am inviting you to join me!

Starting today until July 2nd,  I am inviting everyone to join me on the #ArtistDateChallenge on Instagram so we can share our activities, root each other on and hopefully move past any creative blocks (or spur new ones) during the next several weeks!   And, I will be selecting a few to feature on my Instagram and Facebook page.  And…everyone who participates will be placed in a drawing to win……drum roll please…The Artist Way Starter Kit by Julia Cameron!  Here’s how to participate:

  • Follow me on Instagram at @sjbcreativeart

  • Take a photo or brief video of your Artist Date, upload on Instagram and tag it with #ArtistDateChallenge and tag me @sjbcreativeart.  Not sure what an Artist Date is? Listen to my podcast for more information.    Need ideas?  This is a great article to help you kick off your plans!  Each Friday, I will be posting some Artist Date prompts to help you as well!

  • Make sure to describe what you are doing on your Artist Date, why you selected it and how you feel it will help you with your own creative pursuits.

  • You can post as many times as you wish, however, you will be entered into the drawing only once.

  • By participating you give me permission to repost your photo (public accounts only).

  • The grand prize winner will be announced on July 5, 2017 on Instagram!

DISCLAIMER:  This is a promotional giveway and is in no way sponsored, endorsed, affilitaed by Instagram, Inc.  By entering you are confirming that you are at least 16 years of age, and fully release Instagram of any and all responsibility and are adhering to Instagram’s Terms of Use.

Now, let’s go and have some creative fun!