DCAL Mid-Week Virtual Open Studio


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DCAL Mid-Week Virtual Open Studio

March 24 @ 3:00 PM 5:00 PM

Session 1: Mantra Builder

A colorful graphic with geometric shapes. In the center, text reads, "Session 1: Mantra Builder - A mantra is a word or saying that keeps you focused and motivated. Let's come up with our own and create some visual reminders ‘we got this'." In the lower right hand corner there are drawings of pencils and other art utensils.

Are you tired of tech? Are you missing hanging out with others? Come, unwind, and refresh with us! Drop-in, create, and share about the week so far and plan for what the end of the week and weekend have in store. Let’s hang out and get creative together! No art experience required.


Topic: Mantra Building

Suggested Materials: Paper, crayons, colored pencils, markers, stencils, scissors

Contact/ Host: Amanda Sanabria, asanabria@accessliving.org

Location: Zoom

Admission: Free and open to all! You will receive a zoom link a day before the session! RSVP via Google Form

Access: The Mid-Week Open Studio series will provide automatic captioning. Due to high demand for access services (live captioning and ASL interpretation) during COVID-19 pandemic, please reach out to Amanda if you have any requests for accessibility at least 2 weeks in advance.

Host Bio: Amanda is a graduate student in the Art Therapy and Counseling program at SAIC. Amanda is a creative who enjoys printmaking, crocheting, cooking, and cuddling with her cat, Misu! Amanda is a latinx woman born and raised in Miami, FL, she currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an open studio?

Open Studio is a community space for people to spend their creative time doing what they enjoy, such as writing, artmaking, reading, cooking, chatting, or resting. Our Mid-Week Open Studio is a four part series taking place in Spring 2021. You are invited to enter the space, create art in response to prompts and themes or create your own projects alongside fellow participants. You are not expected to explain your project, though if you are up for chatting about it, let us know!

How long is the open studio?

  • The virtual studio is open from 3:00 – 5:00pm CST
    • You can drop-in and take off at any time
    • You can stay as long as you’d like

What do you bring?

Though there will be materials suggested for each session, you can come with any art/craft materials you may have (even just a pen and paper). For people who do not identify as artists, bring your curiosity. Come and check out what other people are making. Let’s explore and exchange new ideas together!

Questions or accommodation requests? Contact Amanda Sanabria at asanabria@accessliving.org.

Disability Culture Activism Lab (DCAL) is housed under the department of art therapy and counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. DCAL is a platform for creative advocacy projects and disability allyship training. In partnership with Access Living’s Arts and Culture Project, DCAL provides teaching and hands-on learning through disability justice–a framework that examines disability in connection to other forms of oppressions and identities. Using a peer support and collective care model, disability community members and art therapy graduate students collaborate as disability culture makers for social change.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.