Arts & Ideas

Healing, Liberation, and Joy: 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. Byron Young: Child and Adolescent Psychologist
  • Charisa the Violin Diva
  • Vinnie Bagwell: representational-figurative 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 City University of New York’s School of Medicine
  • Padmore John: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Acting Assistant Health Commissioner
  • 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

A community engagement program co-presented by the Apollo Theater and the CUNY School of Medicine 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.

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