Virtual: DCAL Studio & Chill: Broken Hearts Clinic


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Virtual: DCAL Studio & Chill: Broken Hearts Clinic

February 13, 2021 @ 1:00 PM 3:00 PM


Got a broken heart? Aching for someone? Broken hearted over broken systems? Disappointed with neglect and nonresponse?

Join us for some community and art making, two time-tested ways to care for all kinds of broken hearts. Open Studio & Chill is a virtual community space for people to spend their creative time doing what they enjoy, such as writing, artmaking, reading, cooking or resting. You are invited to make your own broken-heart art with us. You are free to come by and leave at any time, and to come back to our Broken Heart Clinic Show & Tell from 3:00-4:00pm.

How do I attend? RSVP here

What should I bring? Request a ‘broken heart art kit’ ahead of the event! Please complete the request form by February 5th so we can ensure you get it by the time of the event!

What’s in the art kit? We will mail you a small fabric pouch to represent your broken heart. Embellish it however you like– add some embroidery stitches, decorate it with your favorite pin, write or draw on it with marker, add glitter, whatever you want to do. You can also decide to enclose a meaningful object in the pouch. NOTE: In the survey we also have some accessibility options, including being paired with a collaborator who can carry out the art-making you describe.

Event Schedule:

  • 1-3pm, Open Studio Time
  • 3-4pm, Broken Heart Clinic Show and Tell: If you would like to, we welcome you to use this time to share your broken heart art with the rest of the participants! Don’t want to share? That’s cool! Please come and check out others’ art and hear their stories.

Accessibility Information:

Auto Generated captioning will be provided from 1:00-3:00pm. ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided from 3:00-4:00pm. Contact Sandie Yi at with any other accommodation requests.

This series of events are brought to you by UIC’s Disability Cultural Center and the Disability Culture Activism Lab (DCAL), a joint project of Access Living and the department of art therapy and counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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


Sandie Yi

Arts & Culture Project Coordinator