Healing with the Arts


Sat Feb 25 2023 at 01:00 pm to 08:30 pm


Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields | Philadelphia, PA

Explore the healing power of the arts through lecture, poetry reading, live music, and creating and reflecting on art and writing.
About this Event

Presented by the Fairmount String Quartet and the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

Explore how engaging with and creating art can be powerful conduits for personal and community healing.

Discounted tickets available for those who may not otherwise be able to attend. Contact the church office at 215-247-7466

Schedule for the Day

1:00 PM - Lecture on "Healing with the Arts" with Dr. Girija Kaimal, artist, author, and President of the American Art Therapy Association.

2:00 PM - Poetry reading with Julia Blumenreich, published poet and teacher.

2:30 PM - Book signing and viewing of art exhibit

3:00 PM - Creating Art -Art Journaling with artist Barbara Dundin, and Poetry Writing with Julia Blumenreich

4:30 PM - Reflection Time - small group sharing, walking meditation, journaling

5:30 - Compline service

6:00 - Community Meal

7:00 PM - Concert by the Fairmount String Quartet - Caroline Shaw's "Entr'acte" and Beethoven's String Quartet, Op. 132, written as a song of thanksgiving for healing.

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Described as “likable and warmhearted” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, and “expert to the point of perfection” by the Chestnut Hill Local, the Fairmount String Quartet has been active in the Philadelphia chamber music scene since 1984. Dedicated to bringing the intimacy and vitality of chamber music to diverse audiences, they make accessibility and education core parts of their mission. They are committed to performing works of historically under-performed composers in addition to those in the standard repertoire. Their pop album “Spoken with Strings” is available on all major streaming platforms. Their second album "Unleashed" of music by women composers releases in February 2023.

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Poet and teacher Julia Blumenreich is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Arts Council grant for her poetry and a finalist for the Brittany Noakes Poetry Award. She has read her work in various venues including the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, and Muse House in Philadelphia. She collaborated with the visual artist, Wendy Osterweil, on 'Reforesting: An Homage to Gil Ott' a poetry/ sculptural installation/print show at The Painted Bride Art Center. Four of her poems have been set to music composed by Kyle Smith and were performed as part of “Lyric Fest.” Some journals in which her work has appeared include “The Whirlwind Review, “Philadelphia Stories,” and in “An Anthology of Philadelphia Poets,” edited by Valerie Fox and translated into Romanian by Daniel Dragomirescu. She has published four chapbooks: Meeting Tessie (Singing Horse Press), Artificial Memory (Leave Books), Blue Angel of a Day (Moonstone Press) and The What of Underfoot (Finishing Line Press). She is currently working on a full-length manuscript.

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Dr Girija Kaimal (EdD, MA, ATR-BC) is Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions. In her Health, Arts, Learning and Evaluation (HALE) research lab, she examines the physiological and psychological health outcomes of visual and narrative self-expression. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and recent book with Oxford University Press called The Expressive Instinct. Her research has been continually funded since 2008 by federal agencies like the Department of Defense, Department of Education, National Endowment for the Arts as well as foundation and academic centers and has been featured by NPR, CNN, The New York Times as well as a range of media outlets worldwide. In her current studies, she is examining outcomes of art therapy for military service members with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress, narratives from Gulf war veterans, and arts-based approaches to mitigate chronic stress among patients and caregivers in pediatric hematology/oncology units. Additional international research projects include examining the therapeutic underpinnings of indigenous and traditional artforms and the creative self-expression in times of adversity across the human lifespan. Living out her research  interests, she has been a lifelong  visual artist and her  art explores the intersection of identity and representation of emotion.  Her service commitments at present include being the President of the American Art Therapy Association. Dr. Kaimal has a doctorate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Master of Arts from Drexel University and Bachelor's in Design from the National Institute of Design in India.


Where is it happening?

Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 Saint Martins Lane, Philadelphia, United States

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USD 30.00 to USD 70.00

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