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Healing through Poetry: Celebrating AAPI Heritage & Mental Health Awareness Month

Healing through Poetry: Celebrating AAPI Heritage & Mental Health Awareness Month

Thursday May 12
6-7:15 PM ET

online event; open to all mentees, all mentors & program alum

Let’s celebrate AAPI Heritage Months and Mental Health Awareness Months together! Join us in honoring the impact of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans on the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. What community joys and challenges do you feel are important to share? Through the lens of poetry, Brittany Barker will guide us through reflections on AAPI heritage and mental health.

In this Community Chat, we will explore how AAPI communities celebrate their heritage and look at the challenges faced around AAPI identity and culture in the USA. We will create poetry to express our feelings on heritage and how injustices concerning identity and culture impact our own well-being. Techniques for taking care of ourselves and our communities will be shared.

Meet the Teaching Artists

Brittany Barker

Brittany Barker

Brittany Barker is an educator, poet and the creative director of Creative Soul House. She’s served in education for 8 years, as a humanities instructor, curriculum designer and a Dean of Programs where she spearheaded schoolwide youth and adult-development initiatives for enrichment and socio-emotional learning. Brittany has been recognized by the Walton Foundation for her leadership in transformative arts education and currently curates holistic and social-justice experiences for schools and organizations in local NY communities.

Jessica Jagtiani

Jessica Jagtiani

Jesse Jagtiani is an artist and educator of Indian-German descent. She holds a Doctor of Education in Art & Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, and an undergraduate degree in Visual Communications from the University of Arts, Berlin. In her past, Jesse co-founded and co-managed a video production company, served as the director of a media art studio, helped establish an online school for contemplative studies, and taught digital art classes and spiritual art workshops in academic and non-academic settings. Jesse’s research investigates the formative dimensions of intuition and is based on bridging indigenous wisdom, perennial philosophy, and modern science for a greater balance of the intuitive and the rational mind in Western education. Jesse has presented her research at various conferences, such as the College Art Association Conference (CAA) and the National Art Education Association Convention (NAEA) and her writings are published in a variety of literature, such as the book Developing Informed Intuition for Decision Making and the journal Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art. She currently serves as an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Art Education Pakistan. Jesse is passionate about supporting emerging teen & young adult writers and leaders on their creative, academic and career pathways.

This event is open to:

all mentees, all mentors and program alum

May 12 6:00 pm 7:15 pm EDT

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