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Art Mends: Community Conversations

This week, join us as we explore drawing and healing for mental health with local perspectives of Essential Workers. This Art Mends conversation will be co-facilitated by Springdale’s Har-Ber High School art 3 teacher and artist Betsy Kryeziu and Integrated Counseling Services Therapist Candace Carter. Joining the discussion are community guests Faith Lukon, Daisy Bonilla, and Layza Lopez.

Virtual Art Mends Community Conversations is a three-part series where we use art to mend, cope, and discuss local concerns and perspectives brought on by the negative effects of COVID-19. The program includes a free Art Mends care package to accompany this reflective journey offering multiple viewpoints and unique stories co-facilitated by an art therapist, local artists, community organizations, and citizens  of our region. Each conversation begins with an art prompt and activity found in your care package to spark reflection and discussion around a social question pertaining to Northwest Arkansas. Participants must pick up their Art Mends care package in the Crystal Bridges main lobby prior to the program, beginning October 25. Contact [email protected] if you need any assistance.

Free, register online or with Guest Services. A link to the conversation via zoom will be included in your ticket confirmation.


Your community care package will include:

  • Art supplies
  • Art Mends Guide


About the Facilitators:

Betsy Kryeziu is passionate about art and teaching art to her students. She believes that anything can happen when you put your whole heart into it. Betsy has taught for the Springdale school district since 2008, teaching art to elementary, junior high, and high school students.

Candace Carter, MS, LPC is a licensed professional counselor working in Little Rock, AR. She is passionate about integrative counseling and raising awareness about mental health in minority communities. She enjoys art, music, going to concerts, festivals, and spending time with her family. For more information, visit


About the Community Guest

Faith Laukon serves on the board of directors for Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese, Shared Beginnings, and Habitat for Humanity. She is the coordinator of the first Marshallese-led food pantry, Enrã Food Pantry. 

Layza Lopez-Love is Assistant Director of Programs in the Office of Community Health and Research at UAMS Northwest. Mrs. Lopez-Love has more than 15 years of experience working with the Hispanic community and over 7 years with the Marshallese community. She is committed to working with minority communities to ensure that all Arkansans have access to their best health. 

Daisy Bonilla As a first-generation American, Daisy’s passion has always been to support vulnerable communities. Daisy is a social worker, and is deeply connected to the day-to-day struggles faced by her community through community engagement and her profession. She has dedicated her life to advocating for those who are unprotected and unheard, and is running for State Representative to continue advocating for every Arkansan.


Community Agreement: The stories, experiences, and statements shared in this program are meant to bring together different voices from the community in a shared, safe space. All are welcome to participate and we ask you to be respectful and come with a spirit of reciprocity. The views and statements shared by the facilitators and featured guests will be recorded and posted to the Crystal Bridges website for educational purposes to reference for future mental health programming. Live CART captioning and American Sign Language interpretation available with at least two weeks’ notice or based on availability. Contact [email protected] to schedule.

October 29, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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