Healing through art with Well Arts Institute, an 11-year-old nonprofit theatre that focuses on people with physical or mental illness and pairs them with actors to perform their stories. Dmae Roberts talks to Katy Liljeholm, artistic director of Well Arts and actor Kristen Olson-Huddle about their 'Beautiful Minds' project. In the latter part of the show some Writers Read poetry on the theme of time and distance in honor of National Poetry Month.
Well Arts has projects telling the stories of elders in Voices of Our Elders (with Hollywood Senior Center and Friendly House), veterans in Soldier’s Heart (with Portland Vet Center), nurses in Nurses’ Story Project, and a yearly writing workshop with former participants called Returning Heroes.
Well Arts current 'Beautiful Minds' project is with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washington County Center to perform stories written about mental illness written by people living with mental illness in a production titled What’s Important is the Story.
April 20- 7:30pm at Village Baptist Church 330 Murray Blvd Beaverton
April 21- 2pm at Hillsboro Artists’ Regional Theatre 185 SE Washington Hillsboro.
April 27-7:30pm at Southminster Presbyterian Church 12250 SW Denney Rd Beaverton.
April 28 -2pm at Serendipity Playhouse 500 Washington Street Vancouver, Washington.
Tickets are $8 online at wellarts.org or call 503-459-4500. Tickets are $10 at the door.
And in latter part of the show, some thoughts and poetry on the theme of time and distance with writers Laurence Overmire and Terri Lojacano share their poems for our Writer's Read segment. We'll also hear Dmae's sound poem about Time.
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