Black Artists have and continue to play an essential role as leaders in building communities and producing hallmarks of cultural expressions and yet continue to face a plethora of blatant to insidious forms of anti-Black racism and mental health discrimination.
AROBA: A Room Of Black Artists, in association with Workman Arts, brings to you a Black Mental Health Symposium and Action Event. It is the first of an annual symposium that promotes Black mental wellness in the arts community. AROBA advocates wellness in Black communities by increasing awareness and reducing stigma around Black mental health issues. In this first symposium, AROBA will facilitate discussions around anxiety and depression experiences that Black Artists face as they navigate their lives and careers in the arts sector as a whole.
The AROBA panels explore the experiences of Black artists’ creative and mental wellness journeys. A series of peer-based trauma-informed discussions with Black artists explore critical paths to healthier realities, not limited to:
- Black artists moving beyond trauma within their art practice and life .
- Discussion about the arts increasing public awareness of anti-Black racism, anxiety and depression.
- Navigating the ways that microassaults, microaggressions, and microinvalidations lead to anxiety, depression, and impacts work .
- Artists accessing mental health counselling and education to support their wellbeing and creative output
- Confronting anti-Black racism and its impact on mental wellness within Black communities .
- Black artists’ creation for their community, that reduces the stigmatization of mental illness.
This symposium for Black Artists and Arts Workers is also open to the wider Black community. Non-Black Artists and members of the wider community are welcome to attend but are reminded to be mindful, respectful of the conversations, and the privilege of being able to witness the experiences openly shared by our participants.