AWI Sanctuary Space presents: What’s Representation Got to Do With It?

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

For this Sanctuary Space, join us as we explore the challenges for marginalized groups to tell their stories, what it really means for underrepresented folx to see themselves represented, and the inherent limits of those representations for tackling systemic inequality. We will be joined by artists + mental health advocates Rebecca Lieb and Calvin Walker to watch and discuss short films and mainstream movie clips* to discuss representation in the media and its intersection with art and mental health.

Clips screened in addition to OLIVE films*:

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

Featured National 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:November 12, 2021
Time:12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Workshop Evaluation

90% of participants felt the event created awareness of mental health issues
90% made a meaningful connection with other people who share similar values
90% gained new tools to support their own wellness
I felt a sense of belonging. It was nice to feel connected to the hosts and guests. "
-Sanctuary Space attendee

Films Screened

Films screened and discussed at this workshop

Esther & Sai Trailer
View Film Library


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.