AWI Sanctuary Space presents: Holistic Holidays—Art, Belonging, & Self-Care

An ongoing Continued Connections program that creates virtual spaces for our community to connect at the intersection of art and mental health.

In this holiday-themed Sanctuary Space event, join us in community as we create a shared space to meaningfully reflect on 2021, engage with art and music that explores mental wellness and self-care, and participate in a film-based, creative writing activity that will help guide us all into the New Year in healthy and empowering ways. For this final “farewell” Sanctuary Space event of the year, we’ll be joined by AWI’s very own core team of mental health advocates + artists, including Cat Tanchanco (Community Manager), Beth Killian (Lead Educator), Andrew Kirschner (Managing Director), and more!

Art shares*

*Tips and guidelines for watching these clips alone or with friends

Featured National Mental Health Resources:

Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Mental Health Alliance


Date:December 16, 2021
Time:2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Workshop Evaluation

93% of participants felt the event created awareness of mental health issues
97% of participants made a meaningful connection with other people who share similar values
93% of participants gained new tools to support their own wellness
After this event, I will take more time to reflect on self love and self appreciation, and I will make sure to prioritize my mental health over the holidays. "
-Sanctuary Space attendee


Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission The MHSOAC provides vision and leadership, in collaboration with clients, their family members, and underserved communities, to ensure Californians understand mental health is essential to overall health. MHSOAC holds public mental health systems accountable, provides oversight for eliminating disparities; promotes wellness, recovery and resiliency; and ensures positive outcomes for individuals living with serious mental illness and their families.