Sanctuary Space

INTRODUCING, SANCTUARY SPACE!

ONGOING CONVERSATIONS AT THE INTERSECTION OF ART AND MENTAL HEALTH

Sanctuary Space—part of Art With Impact’s Continued Connections program—is a series of weekly community events where folks gather online to explore connections between art and mental health*.

With wide-ranging topics, formats, and platforms, Sanctuary Space brings together students, artists, and mental health advocates through virtual events where they can find community and growth.

Designed to promote mental wellness through the arts, some of the outcomes of Sanctuary Space include:

93%
made a meaningful connection with others who shared their values
83%
left the event with new tools to support their own wellness
89%
reported that the workshop created awareness of mental health and mental illness

*We are always looking for new and creative ideas / guests for our Sanctuary Space events. If you’d like to co-host one with us, fill out and submit this proposal form, or contact us below!

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I enjoyed the space to sit down and create. I often don’t carve out the time for myself to just create so having a scheduled time to sit down and create with others was immensely helpful. I forgot how much I enjoy/need creating.

SS participant at What Does Joy Mean to You?

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I loved being a part of the shared creative process. Bringing together creative/artistic people is healing and inspiring in & of itself! I look forward to more of these workshops.

SS participant at The Art of the Zine

Some Sanctuary Space events we’ve held in the past include:

  • Topic-specific discussions: Select a topic related to art and / or mental health (e.g., PTSD + music, intersectionality and mental health, how to make an “invisible” mental illness like anxiety visible through film, etc.) and share your perspective + expertise to create an open conversation in a moderated discussion.
  • Watch parties: Choose 1-3 films from our OLIVE Collection, and create interesting “feeling” and “thinking” prompts that help humans reflect on the short films.
  • Art-making and DIY: Create a space for relaxed, real-time art-making such as zen doodling, writing, music, etc., to inspire some feel-good collective creativity.
  • Live interviews: Host a candid conversation, either being interviewed by one of our core staff members at Art With Impact, or interview someone yourself!
Watch our Sanctuary Space event,
What’s Representation Got to Do With It?

(Content heads up: cultural stigma)

Additional examples of Sanctuary Space events with guest hosts:
Sanctuary Space - interactive discussion about art and mental health
AWI COMMUNITY MANAGER CAT TANCHANCO INTRODUCING OUR SANCTUARY SPACE GUEST HOST FOR SOUL CARE FOR THE AAPI COMMUNITY
Watch our film winner, Visualizing Lies
(Content heads up: depression)

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This Sanctuary Space was very relatable, and a good reminder to listen to and acknowledge how I’m feeling, especially when I feel tired or burnt out. It was a great reminder that feelings of stress and pressure are valid, even when stressors are not the most intense I’ve experienced before.

SS participant at Minimalist Music for Self-Care

View some of our films that often serve as the foundation for a Sanctuary Space event*:

*We acknowledge that mental health is a complex topic that may evoke strong feelings. Please follow these viewing guidelines or visit these resources to take care of yourself before and after viewing our films on this subject matter.