Unbound: Beautiful 2020 – first exhibit in Healing through the Arts series

SEATTLE – Columbia City Gallery is pleased to announce the first exhibit in its National Endowment for the Arts-funded Healing through the Arts series, which examines arts and the healing process in the Asian-American and immigrant communities of Southeast Seattle.

“Unbound: Beautiful 2020” features artwork created by participants of the behavioral health art therapy program at Asian Counseling & Referral Services (ACRS). Vietnamese artist Chau Huynh of the ACRS art therapy program curates “Unbound,” which runs from February 19 to March 29, 2020. An artists’ reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, February 22, 5-7pm.

ACRS offers culturally appropriate arts curricula to support recovery. Art therapy helps people address mental health and promotes the creative process. In art-making, clients do not have to follow the rules of language and can express their feelings in a nonlinear and creative way. [The ACRS] studio provides an inclusive, safe, and professional environment where clients are empowered to discover their internal strengths and develop self-appreciation that contributes to their recovery.

The exhibit will be an opportunity for clients to share stories of living as immigrants, their ancestral histories, and their experiences of healing through art, as well as for their community to see their heritage and creativity displayed in a gallery. This exhibit was funded, in part, by a Challenge America grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Columbia City Gallery is a nonprofit artists’ collective that brings together emerging and professional artists working in diverse media. The gallery provides exhibit space for its member artists and for community exhibits that reflect the diversity of the neighborhood and address contemporary issues. The gallery is a program of SEEDArts and has received funding from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more at columbiacitygallery.com.

Courtesy of SEEDArts

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