• Samantha

Why it Matters

Did you know 1 in 5 US adults live with a mental illness and nearly 700,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect in 2018. Can you imagine these numbers and how much they have increased since the coronavirus pandemic?

Encouraging creativity, the arts, mental health awareness, and expression are all tools for us to use to heal from traumas and difficult times. I grew up hearing ‘Rome wasn’t built overnight’ and 2020 has taught us it isn't impossible to come together as a community. I'm hoping that by bringing the two together it will be able to help individuals and families in the community.

Even though mental health has a stigma around it, it is a very important stage of life from childhood to adulthood it effects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps us determine how to handle stress, engage with others, relate, and make decisions. Living in an unpredictable world requires us to acknowledge these things if we want to live a better quality life. Art has been proven to help children (and adults) learn about themselves and enhances critical, emotional, and creative thinking.

I recently pitched an idea to the city of Philadelphia’s Department of Planning and Development to implement specific use of public art around the city to help people connect and engage in services that will give them access to the umbrella of resources that are out there for families and individuals. Continue this journey with me as I am hoping to work more in the community throughout my residency!

Gen Z is growing up in a different world than we did and they will need to understand how they can express themselves freely after such an intense year. I thought this would be a good time to really open the door to talk about how we can all help each other to heal and grow. (This is also the focal point of my expressive workshops.) I will be posting in the near future when I will be holding workshops as my studio hours are appointment only right now due to a family emergency that has me working mostly remotely.

All opportunities or commissions are welcome and appreciated please forward information/questions to

Sam Nicole Art will be the featured centerfold in The Fairway Edition November 2020.

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