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Art Mends » Sculptural Self-portraits for Mental Health

This week, explore sculptural self-portraits for mental health with local perspectives exploring self-identity and intersectionality. This Art Mends community conversation will be co-facilitated by Cherokee musician and visual artist Kalyn Barnoski and Integrated Counseling Services Therapist Candace Carter. Joining the discussion are community guests Martin Garay, Kenny Arrendando, and Joi McGowan.

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:


About the facilitators:

Kalyn Fay Barnoski is a ᏣᎳᎩ, native Oklahoman, and Northwest Arkansas resident and Master of Fine Arts student at the University of Arkansas.  Her art practice interweaves mediums such as digital, print, traditional textiles, craft and sound platforms as it relates to Indigenous ways of knowing from stories, language, and history of her Cherokee heritage, as well as the overall influence of intertribal indigeneity.  She allows her cultural background and the convoluted nature of her existence as both white and indigenous, to influence her work simultaneously. In her free time, she enjoys performing music under the name Kalyn Fay.


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, she can be contacted at


About Community Guests:

Martin Garay  is a local theatre artist and musician who is inspired by his hometown of Springdale. One of the founding members of the Latinx Theatre Project, Martin is working toward making theatre a more inclusive space for people of color. He writes music that reflects his lived experiences.


Joi McGowan is a Licensed Associate Counselor practicing in Northwest Arkansas. She has worked in a variety of settings from a Grief Counseling Center, to a Domestic Violence Shelter,  to providing School-based therapy. As a Black woman she has had the privilege of travelling to the continent of Africa and left feeling deeply connected to its land and its people. She understands that here in the United States we all live on stolen land. Therefore, she is excited to learn from an Native American woman on the importance of land, belonging, and identity development.


Julie Petty works at Partners for Inclusive Communities at the University of Arkansas and has worked in the violence prevention and intervention field for 12 years. She has been a national leader in the self advocacy movement, having served for two years (2006-2008) as Chair of Self Advocates Becoming Empowered, a national organization that works to ensure that people with disabilities are treated as equals and develop self advocacy skills. She is active in the self advocacy movement nationally and contributes a passion for the civil rights of people with disabilities.


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.

November 10, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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