The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at UNC School of the Arts will host “Creative,
Vulnerable and Well,” the next virtual Art Restart salon on Wednesday, September 1,
2021 at 7 p.m. Eastern. The salon will feature an honest discussion between four artists,
who will discuss the psychological challenges they have faced and share tactics they
practice to develop their mental wellness.
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The uncertainty and upheaval of the past 18 months has magnified anxieties and vulnerabilities
while also normalizing talking about mental health. Hearing others share their experiences
offers an opportunity to find strength in community and incorporate healthy strategies
in their own lives.
The salon will be moderated by recent Art Restart podcast guest Tara Rynders, a dancer, choreographer and video artist, who is also a veteran registered nurse,
an Advanced Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and the founder and artistic director
of The Clinic, an arts and play-based company that provides workshops, performances and research
around burnout and secondary traumatic stress.
Rynders will be joined by three other extraordinary artists:
Salon participants, clockwise from top left: Catalina (CATAPHANT) Bellizzi-Itiola,
Cliff Notez, Frank Horvat and moderator Tara Rynders.
- Catalina (CATAPHANT) Bellizzi-Itiola is a San Diego-based visual artist, activist, educator, muralist and designer who
creates highly textured, mixed-media abstract paintings based on her experiences with
spirituality and mental illness.
- Frank Horvat is an award-winning multi-genre composer and pianist who explores a wide array of
themes in his music from love to the environment, mental health and social justice issues.
- Boston native Cliff Notez is an award-winning, multi–digital media artist, musician, entrepreneur, and filmmaker
whose art is a continuous exploration of the Black mind.
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About Art Restart
The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts’ “Art Restart” podcast builds on the previous
“Artist as Leader” interview series, which proves that artists are among the most nimble and resourceful
leaders in our communities. The tumultuous events of the year 2020 led us to shift
the focus of interviews to more urgently plumb artists’ innate capacity for creative
problem-solving. In “Art Restart,” we explore what lessons artists took away from
the year 2020 and how they are reinventing their fields to build a new landscape for
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