Changes to Artability in 2020
We hope that each of you are staying safe and healthy during these uncertain and unprecedented times. Due to COVID-19 this spring, we suspended all Artability workshops and made the decision to cancel the Artability Art Show this year.
This decision was made to maintain the health and safety of our community, teaching artists, and staff. The Artability Art Show is an important celebration of art in the mental health community and although we are saddened that we will not be able to come together for the show this year, we are hopeful for the future.
We know that creativity can be a powerful way to cope and find strength in the face of challenges. It is important, perhaps now more than ever, that we take the time to reflect, create, and play through expressive arts.
As we move forward and strive to adapt to the challenges of COVID-19, we are committed to identifying new and creative ways to offer quality arts programming within this new climate. With this in mind, we are excited to announce a number of new initiatives and opportunities.
The Artability Team
The Artability program provides free expressive arts workshops to the general public to promote mental health in our community. Artability workshops provide a safe and supportive space for people to explore their creativity, try something new, and explore a variety of materials and modalities. The workshops are also a great way to connect with others, socialize, and build community. Artability creates a space for people to tap into the creativity within themselves free of expectations or judgments. The arts can be a powerful tool for self-expression, healing, personal growth, and a bit of fun. All workshops are designed to be accessible to all, regardless of previous experience or ability.
To receive a paper copy of Artability workshop information and Artability Art Show information in the mail, please join our mailing list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your full name and the address where you wish to receive the mailing.
Artability On-Demand is a free online library of short art, music and mindfulness videos. It will be available in early 2021.
On-Demand videos include creative activities that encourage expression, exploration, and reflection. A variety of themes and topics will be explored through both visual art and music offerings. Artability On-Demand provides our community with opportunities to engage in art-making and music exploration from the safety and comfort of your computer, phone, or tablet. This program is accessible, regardless of the types of art supplies or media you have available on-hand.
Corilyn Wagner, BA, LPCC Candidate, ATR (Art Therapist – Board Certified) Candidate, Teaching Artist
Corilyn has been with People Incorporated and the Artability program since 2014. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Art Therapy at Adler Graduate School working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and a board-certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR). She received her Bachelors of Arts from Hamline University in Psychology and Fine Art. Corilyn believes that everyone has the ability to engage creatively to find healing, bring balance, or make changes in their lives. Corilyn strives to integrate authentic and exploratory artistic expression that allows clients to honor their experiences, create their own narratives, and explore more adaptive ways of living.
Melody Schuldt, MA, MT-BC (Music Therapist – Board Certified), Teaching Artist
Melody began working with People Incorporated in 2017 and currently works as a board-certified music therapist. Melody holds a Master of Arts degree in Music Therapy from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (minors in psychology and mathematics) from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Melody believes in the innate power of music as an avenue for healing, hope, self-exploration, self-expression, and building community and connections with others. Melody is passionate about mental health and holistic wellness, striving to creatively adapt to the needs of diverse clientele through music and other artistic mediums.
Sarah Riley, MA, Teaching Artist
Sarah received her MA in Visual Arts & Art Therapy from the UW-Superior and has 10+ years’ experience teaching visual arts techniques and facilitating various healing arts groups. Sarah holds the belief that art IS therapy and that engaging in creative processes is innately cathartic and deeply healing. In addition to her role of Teaching Artist through People Incorporated, she is also a professional artist; art is a tremendous part of her life and she takes great pride in making it available and approachable to others.