Breathe Together

Through the power of dialogue, mindfulness, and creative expression,  Jana Marie Foundation’s Breathe Together  virtual workshop creates a space to spark conversations, build connections, and promote mental well-being.  Workshop includes live reading of Inside Anxiety and Depression, experience guided breathing and meditative drawing for mental health and wellbeing. Sketchbook kits will be sent to registrants before the event for assembling beforehand to begin the practice of well-being. 

This program, offered in partnership with the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State and HUB-Robeson Gallery, is inspired by the exhibition The Anxiety Project.

Join Us

Thursday, May 6
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Zoom Meeting Room

About Breathe Together

Join Jana Marie Foundation, The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State, and HUB-Robeson Gallery, for a virtual tour of The Anxiety Project, live reading of Inside Anxiety and Depression by Dr. Doan and meditative drawing prompts for mental health and wellbeing. 

“A pandemic, nationwide protests and uprisings, a presidential election, and cascading challenges face individuals and communities across the globe… many of us have struggled with our mental health. Despite the prevalence and normalcy of these feelings and experiences, stigma continues to follow mental illness.  Using a combination of personal experience and research into the complex world of mental health, Penn State Professor of Theatre Dr. William J. Doan focuses on the intersections of art, science, and health.”

 All ages are invited to join Facilitators Marisa Vicere, President and founder of the Jana Marie Foundation, Medora Ebersole, Education and Community Programs Manager of Center for the Performing Arts, Dr. Bill Doan, Artist,  and the HUB-Robeson Galleries for a virtual tour of The Anxiety Project, live reading of Inside Anxiety and Depression, and meditative drawing prompts for your mental health and wellbeing. All who are ready to explore the connection between art and well-being are welcome.

To preview Dr. Doan’s graphic novel please visit the online exhibition. Kits for making your own sketchbook will be sent to registrants via mail before the event. The kits will contain instructions, paper, materials, and drawing tools for the event. We encourage registrants to assemble the sketchbook before the event to begin the practice of wellbeing. 

This event will be hosted virtually and is free for all. Families are encouraged to register together. Please indicate in Comments/Questions if you are registering as a family. This event is capped at 30 registrants, please register before April 29 to receive a sketchbook kit via mail.   

This event is in partnership with ENGINE of Central Pa STEM Learning Ecosystem, Remake Learning Days of Central PA will host 40+ events during this learning festival between May 6-16, 2021, with pre and post festival events occurring April 22 – May 23, 2021 across Central Pa. These events are designed for parents and caregivers to learn alongside their kids and offer relevant and engaging educational experiences for youth of all ages (pre-K through high school). The majority of events are free. 

 

About The Anxiety Project

For Dr. Doan, drawing, performing, and sharing have helped him – and others – cope. Therapeutic and alleviating symptoms, drawing, performing, and storytelling have helped Doan to imagine his mental health, rather than to be defined by mental illness. The Anxiety Project, invites others to draw for their mental health too. Available online and in-person The Anxiety Project is installed in HUB Gallery and is open daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm through March 14. A program of Student Affairs, HUB-Robeson Galleries partners with students and contemporary artists to produce gallery exhibitions, public projects, artist residencies, educational programs, and cultural events. Our programs are Free for All, Always.

 

About Jana Marie Foundation

Jana Marie Foundation harnesses the power of creative expression and dialogue to spark conversations, build connections, and promote mental health and well-being among young people and their communities. The organization envisions communities working together to knock down walls and transform emotional distress into hope and resiliency.  It is a great honor to partner with Medora Ebersole and the Center for the Performing Arts and HUB-Robeson Galleries on this program.  Throughout the years, Jana Marie Foundation has closely followed the work of Bill Doan and his engaging way of igniting conversations about mental health and well-being. Dr. Bill Doan has supported the work of Jana Marie Foundation and has spoken and performed at the foundation’s annual dinner as well as at An Evening of Hope, Healing, and Remembrance (suicide prevention day). We are forever grateful for these partnerships.

 

About the Center for Performing Arts at Penn State

The Center for the Performing Arts provides a context, through artistic connections, to the human experience. By bringing artists and audiences together we spark discovery of passion, inspiration, and inner truths. We are a motivator for creative thinking and examination of our relationship with the world.

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