The Incredible Intensity of Being Human at City Hall events

Event Dates:

January 9, 2015, Friday, 4-6 p.m. Opening Reception 

We will be serving artisan toast and coconut water. Ezra Dickinson will be performance. Featured Speakers: Representative Tina Orwall, Representative Brady Walkinshaw, Office of Arts and Culture Director Randy Engstrom, Department of Neighborhoods Director Bernie Agor Matsumo, invited speaker former King County Executive Randy Revelle, and more special guests.

January 13, 2015, Tuesday, 12-1 p.m. Double Trouble: Dual Diagnosis of Psychosis and Addiction

Exhibiting artist June Sekiguchi and mental health professional Eli Hastings, MFA, MA co-lead an exhibit tour and talk about the dual diagnosis of Psychosis and Addiction.

Eli Hastings is a father, counselor, author and Seattleite. He rolls with a crazy 4 year old named Pax, an ancient Golden named Kaya and is married to a doctor much smarter than him.  He has published two nonfiction books and many smaller pieces and is now Assistant Director at Pongo Teen Writing and serves clients through Changing Stories Counseling.

January 14, 2015, Wednesday, 2 p.m. Poetry reading during City Council meeting

Poetry Curator Ann Teplick will read a poem to open Seattle City Council’s meeting during Nick Licata’s Words’ Worth program

January 23, 2015, Friday, 12-1 p.m. Acts of Recognition

 Exhibiting artist Ezra Dickinson and Dr. Doane M. Rising, M.D. co-lead a tour of the exhibit

Dr. Doane Rising started her career in the arts then completed training to become a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst.  Worked in community psychiatry and is now in private practice. Has several family members with major psychiatric disorders which, like so many of us, set her on this particular path in life.

Ezra Dickinson is a multi-disciplinary artist who began dancing at the age of four and trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet for twelve years on full scholarship. Ezra regularly practices and is commissioned in performance and choreography, ceramics, visual art, murals and film.

January 30, 2015, Friday, 12-1 p.m. Crooked thoughts

Exhibiting artist Holly Ballard Martz and mental health professional Gillian Vik co-lead a tour of the exhibit.

Gillian Vik, MA, LMHC is a psychotherapist in private practice on Capitol Hill where she treats individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, nightmares, trauma, grief and loss, post divorce issues, insomnia, and other life transitions. She currently volunteers for the Clinic Without Walls and the CG Jung Society. She is a Seattle native.

February 2, 2015, Monday 10 am-1 p.m. Free haircuts at Orion Center

 Cuts for Compassion Coven Salon sponsors haircuts to those in need at YouthCare‘s facility the Orion Center.

February 5, 2015, Thursday 12-1 p.m. Poetry Reading

Poetry Curator Ann Teplick hosts a poetry reading of six local poets who will read poetry they’ve written that reflects their personal mental health challenges; their navigating the challenges of those whom they love; and their experience writing with others who struggle to stay afloat. Lobby, Seattle City Hall

February 5, 2015, Thursday 1-3 p.m. VOICES UP! Writing our Grit and Silk

Poetry Curator and Poet Ann Teplick hosts a poetry workshop following a reading; Room 370 on the 3rd floor of Seattle City Hall

February 10, 2015, Tuesday 12-1 p.m. Youth in crisis: from homeless to home, finding a way out. 

Exhibiting artist Valaree Cox and a representative from YouthCare co-leads a tour of this exhibit.

For 40 years, YouthCare has been a leader in providing effective services to Seattle’s homeless youth. YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes prevention, outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training.

February 13, 2015, Friday 12-1 p.m. Poetry Reading

Poetry Curator Ann Teplick hosts a poetry reading by five local poets will read and talk about the work of well-known poets, no longer with us, who were afflicted with mental illness, such as Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Theodore Roethke, and more.

February 18, 2015, Wednesday, 4-6 p.m. Panel discussion: de-stigmatizing mental illness

Moderated by Sandi Ando, Esq. Speakers: Joe Guppy, Ann McGettigan, Rev. Craig Rennebohm, Katema Ross, Dr. Charles Huffine.

 Exhibiting artist Ezra Dickinson performs

February 19, 2015, Thursday, 12-1 p.m. Compassionate companionship: from isolation to connection

Curator, Painter and Social Practice Artist Kate Vrijmoet & Mental Health Advocate Judy Lightfoot co-lead an exhibit tour and talk about companioning.

Judy Lightfoot writes for Crosscut about how the region’s people face challenges in a time of economic stress and diminished expectations. She often draws on her weekly one-on-one coffees with individuals sharing our public spaces who are socially isolated by homelessness or mental illness. Formerly a teacher and professor, she also writes about books, education, and the arts.

February 20, 2015, Friday, 12-1 p.m. Forget Me Knot: Anxiety disorders and caretaker care

Exhibitning Artist Holly Ballard Martz & Tanya Ruckstuhl-Valenti LICSW, MSW co-lead an exhibit tour.

Tanya Ruckstuhl LICSW is a clinical social worker in private practice in the Seattle area. She specializes in anxiety disorders including PTSD, runs a monthly social skills group for adults with social anxiety disorder, and also works with adult attention deficit disorder. Tanya works with individuals, couples and families.

February 24, 2015, Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Linea and Cinda Johnson speak

Linea & Cinda Johnson, authors Perfect Chaos, A Daughter’s Struggle to Survive Bipolar and a Mother’s Journey to Save Her, speak at the Seattle Public Library Microsoft Auditorium

February 27, 2015, Friday, 12-1 p.m. Dissociative Identity Disorder Demystified.

Exhibiting Artist Lynn Schirmer & Brian Moss, MFTco-lead an exhibit tour about Dissociative Disorder.

Brian Moss, MA, LMFT is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy. Based in Seattle, he consults internationally—working in partnership with clients and their therapists regarding the seldom-discussed aspects of Dissociative Identity Disorder.

 

Artwork credits:

June Sekiguchi “Silk Road Prayer Wheel”. Photo courtesy of the artist
Ezra Dickinson “Mother for you I made this“. Photo credit: Linas Phillips
Kate Vrijmoet “Wherever you are is called here”. Photo credit: Cameron Nagashima
Holly Ballard Martz“Catch me when I fall“. Photo credit: Cameron Nagashima