Arts & Ideas

Healing, Joy and Liberation: Mental Health and the Arts


Artistic and creative practices have long been thought to have positive effects on mental health and wellness, transmuting traumatic feelings and their effects into opportunities for introspection, creation, and celebration while inspiring community advocacy and healing.

Join us for an evening of artistic rituals, visual art, musical performances, and a panel discussion with mental health experts that explores how to get, keep, and spread joy in these trying times. This enlightening event features:

  • Mara Schiavocampo: Creator, Co-Host, and Producer of the Run Tell This podcast
  • Dr. Shaakira Haywood Stewart: Licensed Psychologist
  • Dr. Sidney Hankerson: Vice Chair in the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Charisa the Violin Diva
  • Vinnie Bagwell: Public-Art Sculptor
  • L. Joy Williams: Creator, Host, and Producer of the Sunday Civics radio show and podcast
  • Dr. Jeff Gardere: “America’s Psychologist”
  • Rev. Melissa Moorer-Nobles: Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Life Coach
  • Dr. Noel Manyindo: Associate Professor and Department Chair of the CUNY School of Medicine at the City College of New York
  • Padmore John: Acting Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Harlem Neighborhood Health, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • A ritual from the National Black Theatre
  • The artistry of visual artist/photographer and filmmaker Peter Cooper
  • Music from The Legendary Chris Washington, representing The Harlem Connection radio show

Join the conversation!

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Ticket Information

In person tickets are sold out, but this event will also be live streamed and may be seen on:

Supported By:

A community engagement program co-presented by the Apollo Theater and the CUNY School of Medicine at the City College of New York with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the American Composers Orchestra, and the National Black Theatre in support of The Gathering

Learn More about the Gathering 

Apollo Community Programs are supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with New York City Council Member Mark Levine.


For the safety of our audiences and staff, all ticketholders and attendees of this event must provide proof of vaccination in order to enter the theater. In addition, all attendees are required to wear face coverings while inside the theater. Click here for more information about our COVID safety policies.