WHERE: Hyphen Coffeehouse, 81 Patton Ave.
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 30, 6-9 p.m. Donations encouraged. Info: aurorastudio-gallery.com.
WHY: Art can provide an important form of therapy, and that’s a notion held true by Aurora Studio and Gallery.
“I was working at the Neil Dobbins Detox Center,” says Lori Greenberg, president of Aurora Studio and Gallery. “Many of the people who walked through the doors that asked for help are homeless. I was working with a woman who was an artist but didn’t have a way to work because she was homeless. It was healing for her to work through art.
“It really hit me,” Greenberg continues. “Art can be profoundly helpful — any of the arts: visual, performing arts and music. They have a powerful way of helping people by giving them an opportunity to express themselves and feel good about themselves. It’s healing.”
Hyphen Coffeehouse and Aurora will hold a party to mark the end of Aurora’s Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds for a permanent location for the nonprofit to hold therapeutic art classes and sessions for artists in recovery from mental health issues, addiction and homelessness.
The event will feature music by Brie Capone and others, food, coffee, art and door prizes like small pieces of pottery and raku animals. Aurora will be collecting donations, supplies and volunteers to ensure the continuation of its art therapy programs.
“We want to encourage people to come who might not be able to pay a donation, but will benefit from the support,” Greenberg says. “If anyone wants to come, they can learn more about the classes.”
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