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Colleen Miller presents at the 2019 ArtConnect forum.

*Please note this event has been postponed. For more information, please see hvartscouncil.org.

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council will explore the arts as a force for well-being and healing at an informative ArtConnect Forum on Thursday, March 26 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at The Pennington School.

“The Power of Art to Heal” will feature guest speakers Diane Grillo, Vice President of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton and Jane Zamost, artist and healing art instructor. Speakers will be joined by Patricia McDougall, RN and artist Agata May’kowska. It is the first in a two-part series on the topic.

“ArtConnect Forum is a unique opportunity for the community to gather, learn, and talk about different aspects of the art world,” said HV Arts Council executive director, Carol Lipson. “Throughout the Country, the arts are being leveraged to promote public health and support the well-being of communities. Our next two Forums will focus on this innovative and rapidly growing field of health science, and we are proud to feature two remarkable local experts in the field.”

Grillo will set the stage, presenting “Alternative Medicine & Healing: What’s the Scientific Research?” Holistically supporting the mind, body, and soul connection was, until recently, viewed as pseudoscience. Grillo’s presentation will share the movement toward programs that heal the whole person by addressing the range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental influences affecting each patient’s health, as well as their place alongside traditional treatments and medications.

McDougall, RN and integrative therapy nurse at RWJH, will share some of the hospital’s leading-edge research and experiences to maximize the potential for self-healing by its cancer patients.

Jane Zamost, artist and healing art instructor, will present “Art Nourishes the Soul.” She will discuss the significance of creative play in leading a productive and happy life. She will share anecdotes about her involvement with the healing arts and how to reintroduce the creative flow back into your life.

Artist Agata May’kowska will also share her powerful and personal story of how art has helped heal and enrich her life.

ArtConnect Forum is a key component of the HV Arts Council’s program, ArtConnect: Creating Opportunities for Artists. Each meeting features guest speakers sharing their work, inspiration, and creative process, while providing an opportunity to interact with fellow artists and art lovers.

Tickets: $20 for non-members/free for members.

For more information and to reserve your seat, please visit www.hvartscouncil.org.

Submitted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to increasing art awareness and appreciation in the greater Hopewell Valley. The HV Arts Council celebrates “art in the everyday” by cultivating all types of creative exploration and artistic expression, and encourage us all to see the beauty inherent in the simple and ordinary parts of day-to-day life. Through community collaborations, events, and art-based initiatives, the HV Arts Council highlights our local talents and enriches the cultural and creative life of our community.

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