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Survivors Art Foundation

Press Release

Arts in Mind, the series investigating the intersections of the arts,
creativity and mental health, is pleased to announce its first-ever festival,
with four events over two days on
March 15
 and 16 in New York City.

On Friday March 15,
Arts in Mind and The Moth present a Moth StorySlam on the theme
“Going Sane,” hosted by 
Dan Kennedy and
me, at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium at 
66 W 12th Street. Doors open at 7 p.m. and stories begin
at 7:30
 At Moth Slams, all attendees are invited to put
their names in a hat and 10 people are picked to tell 5-minute stories. While
all other festival events are free and open to the public, the Moth event will
be ticketed and will likely sell out. Tickets go on sale March 1. I will
forward the announcement when it comes; you can also sign up for the Moth
mailing list 

On Saturday March 16, at 11 a.m., leaders of innovative programs on the arts in
mental health gather for a colloquy to share their lessons and questions.
Includes representatives from Fountain Gallery,
Living Museum,
Austen Riggs Center, Access
Programs of the 
Museum of Modern Art,
The Bridge. At the
New School’s Arnold Hall, 
West 13th St.

At 2:00 p.m.,
join the bestselling author 
Lois Lowry and
the scholar 
Ellen Handler Spitz for
a conversation on what we can learn from the perennial controversies about
children’s books that are “too dark.” Arnold Hall, 
55 W 13th St. This event
is co-sponsored by the 
School of Writing at the New School.

And at 4:00
, the festival concludes with “What’s Your
Hang-Up,” in which a psychologist and art critic investigate the work of
two artists to try to determine their central preoccupations-their
“hang-ups.” The artists themselves will be on hand to respond and
discuss. Featuring the artists
Edwina White and Shantell Martin. Arnold
55 W 13th
St. Co-curated
 by Amanda Stern.

Arts in Mind is hosted by the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School and
is made possible by support from the 
Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the
Austen Riggs Center.