Arts & Culture Project Coordinator
Mental Health Support Group is an opportunity for Disabled-identifying people and those exploring their relationship to disability identity to share and hold space for one another in an accessible and virtual setting. During the group, we will share our current concerns, our thoughts/emotions, and offer support to one another through validation, encouragement, and even practical ideas to cope. This group will explore art as an emotional outlet as well.
Disabled and disability-affirming art therapist Bri Beck, LCPC, ATR-P is a therapist in private practice and also an Arts and Culture coordinator with Access Living. Bri will facilitate space for peers to support one another and will also offer psychoeducation, resources, and tools from her experience as an art therapist. Bri is experienced in supporting those who experience chronic pain, trauma, anxiety, depression, and stigma.
Due to high demand for live captioning (CART) and ASL interpretation services during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking participants to submit access requests 2-3 weeks in advance.
Please reach out to Bri Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, concerns or access needs.
This event is brought to you by the Arts and Culture Project at Access Living, an independent living center for people with disabilities, and the Disability Culture Activism Lab (DCAL).
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 guided by 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.