4Culture & Coping 101’s – Artist Mental Health Stories

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Presented by C89.5 in partnership with 4Culture, Coping 101’s Artist Mental Health Stories amplify voices from King County’s cultural sector to empower individual artists, uplift the creative community and destigmatize mental health from a teen’s perspective.

C89.5 and 4Culture present Coping 101: Choral Community w/ Paul Caldwell – part of a student-hosted series capturing Artist Mental Health Stories. Paul Caldwell is in his seventh season as the Artistic Director for both the Seattle Men’s and Seattle Women’s Choruses, whose mission is to transform society through innovative programs that build inclusive community, inspire justice and illuminate the experiences of LGBTQ people and their allies. Paul actively mentors young queer folx with choral performance as a pathway to self expression and empowering identity, and here he shares the story of how music saved his life.

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C89.5 and 4Culture present Coping 101: Exploring the Divine w/ A.O. Hamer – part of a student-hosted series capturing Artist Mental Health Stories. Transitioning in recent years from working as a full-time Nurse to a full-time Artist, Aramis Hamer’s work is centered around spirituality and the divine feminine. She joins our students to discuss the empowering and therapeutic benefits of journaling, self-care insights on affirmations and exercise, why rejection can be a good thing, and how individual vulnerability leads to deep healing across communities.

C89.5 and 4Culture presents Coping 101: Blooming through Art w/ Cristina Martinez. Tacoma-born, Seattle-based artist – and soon-to-be mother of three – Cristina Martinez uses her work to amplify voices of women and celebrate the often untold stories of black and brown people. In this episode she discusses parenting, the power of art and therapy in handling emotions like loneliness or grief, and digs into her recurring theme of blooming to express the journey we all take toward our most authentic selves.

C89.5 and 4Culture presents Coping 101: Balance in the Hustle w/ DJ Blast. Based in Seattle, the Nigeria-born, Texas-raised creative known as DJ Blast is a full-time Program Manager with Microsoft and accomplished DJ having shared stages with major acts like Burna Boy, Dua Lipa, Nas and Pitbull. Here he shares hard-earned insights on mental wellness like tips for managing performance anxiety, why everyone should at least try therapy, and how to deal with passion-driven burnout.

 

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Coping 101: Honoring Ancestry w/  Monyee Chau How can we honor where we come from while embracing who and where we are today? Through intersectional lenses of being Queer and Taiwanese/Chinese, the prolific Seattle artist and maker discusses honoring ancestry and identity through their work, the vital benefits of therapy, and how they’re helping to grow a thriving community in Seattle’s CID neighborhood. mental wellness.

 

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Coping 101: Art as Recovery w/  Shända De Anda presents the story of Air Force Veteran, Artist and devoted Mother, Shända De Anda. She openly discusses her diagnosis with PTSD after a 24-year career in the military and how therapy reintroduced her to a long-lost art practice – including writing, drawing and singing – which has illuminated her path to recovery, healthier relationships and mental wellness.

 

A closely cropped photo of Ben Hunter, an African American fiddler and multi-instrumentalistCoping 101: FOLK MUSIC w/ Ben Hunter features Seattle-based roots musician & community organizer Ben Hunter. The accomplished fiddler & multi-instrumentalist, City of Seattle Music Commissioner and co-founder of Black & Tan Hall discusses how Folk Arts bring all peoples together, why travel is vital in forming one’s identity and how communities can take better care of the artists and musicians who sustain their culture.

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Coping 101: WRITING w/ Ezra Conklin, continues our student-hosted series capturing Artist Mental Health Stories. Listen and learn as Seattle-based writer and poet Ezra Conklin discusses writing as a Self Care practice, and how it can foster expression, affirm identity and galvanize community. With experience as a member of Youth Speaks and coordinating Youth Arts programs for Gay City, Ezra discusses slam poetry, the healing power of journaling, herbalism, and using writing to build community health and wellness.

 

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Coping 101: FILMMAKING w/ Raven Two Feathers is part of a student-hosted series capturing Artist Mental Health Stories. Listen and learn as Seattle-based filmmaker Raven Two Feathers discusses the power of Film and its impact on mental wellness, identity and community. The Trans, Indigenous, Emmy Award-winning creator shares their experience including discovering film in high school, gender-affirming transition and various creative projects that shine critical light on issues facing today’s Native communities.

 

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Coping 101: DANCE w/ David Rue is part of a student-hosted series capturing Artist Mental Health Stories. Listen and learn as Seattle-based dance artist David Rue discusses Dance and its relationship with mental wellness, and the skillset it’s helped him develop outside of the studio. The Liberia-born arts advocate shares how his background and gender identity authentically inform his creative work centered around equity, excellence and joy.

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