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The Psych: Art, Artists, and Mental Health

This was an exhibition of original works created by students in the very first Art Health Studio class at Central Piedmont Community College.

The ongoing studio course is designed to encourage and/or support individuals who have concerns which limit their ability to express their creative interest in the visual arts. It is well established that the arts can demonstrate therapeutic impact on many conditions. What is offered here is not intended or represented to be art therapy; although through the use of traditional methods, some may experience therapeutic outcomes after participating in the studio.

Throughout this experience, students had the opportunity to use a range of media: graphite, colored pencil, watercolor, marker, and other materials to create the works you see exhibited. The theme and subject matter of these works are original concepts done by the artists and were exhibited at Sozo Gallery in uptown Charlotte, NC.

100% of the proceeds of all works sold go directly to the artists, though there are collaborative works done with each student contributing to eight total works of art, in which, if sold, 100% of those proceeds will go directly to self sustaining future art health endeavors.

Cupcakes and Conversation

NAMI-Charlotte in partnership with SolidShe, Inc. hosts ongoing events, “Cupcakes & Conversations.”

Previously, we sponsored “Queen of the Curves Women’s Empowerment Conference” at the Myers Park Wellness Center. “Queen of the Curves” mission is to empower, encourage and inspire individuals to be self-sufficient and to help them develop in all areas of life by providing a number of resources including; mentorship, academic tutoring, counseling and educational training.

The conference included a panel discussion which consisted of five woman entrepreneurs who shared their stories of survival from mental health conditions, domestic violence, disease, chronic pain and other trauma related issues and inspired the audience by taking them on a journey from brokenness to wellness.

Bob Evans, President of NAMI-Charlotte joined the conference with opening remarks and shared the history of NAMI, and talked about Mental Health and the importance of support groups such as Cupcakes & Conversations.

Special thanks to Shalakemia Moffit, CEO of Queen of the Curves for bringing the Empowerment Tour to Charlotte, NC (by way of Harrisburg, PA).

You can check the NAMI-Charlotte Event Calendar for upcoming “Cupcakes & Conversations for Mental Wellness.”

For more information please contact Barjohn Lee, Founder of SolidShe, Inc. at (704) 755-5226 or

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