Summit at Mashantucket Pequot Museum to explore intersection of arts, health

Summit at Mashantucket Pequot Museum to explore intersection of arts, health

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MASHANTUCKET —A first of its kind symposium designed to build a strong and integrated community will be held Friday at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center in Ledyard.

Called “Arts & Health InterSECT: Creating Health & Wellness Through the Arts in Southeastern CT,” the summit is being organized by The Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition.

“The arts have a powerful impact on health and wellness,” said Coalition Executive Director Wendy Bury, adding that the event is being held “to inform, catalyze and inspire.”

“It is the first public step to connect the dots of professionals and organizations currently providing arts-based health and wellness programs,” Bury said. “It provides an opportunity for those who would like to learn more or potentially collaborate with others.”

Guest speakers will include State Sen. Heather Somers, co-chair of the Public Health Committee, and Bill Stanley of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.  

Judy Dworin, founder, executive and artistic director of Judy Dworin Performance Project, Inc., will give the keynote speech and talk about her award-winning organization and innovative arts projects with prison communities, including at York Correctional Institute in Niantic.

Dworin founded the her organization in 1989 based on a commitment to the important role the arts can and do play in challenging and creating change – personal, educational, and global. In addition to her work as the organization’s executive director, and co-architect of the Moving Matters! Educational Residency Program, Dworin conceived and directs the Bridging Boundaries outreach program for those affected by incarceration. The program includes a 12-year residency at York Correctional Institution for women in Niantic, where she and her collaborative team lead a year-long performance residency as well as a “Moms and Kids” outreach and weekend arts engagement. In 2016, the program expanded to serve men at the Cybulski Reintegration Center in Enfield, Conn.

Educators, social workers, mental health professionals and others working in the social and community services sector are invited to participate. Attendees will learn about programs available for local referrals, discover new forms of art-based programs for health and wellness, and connect with potential new collaborators. 

The summit is free, and is sponsored by the Chelsea Groton Foundation. Arts & Health InterSECT will be held Friday from 9 – 11:30 a.m. 

Arts & Health InterSECT is co-hosted by Artreach, Inc. of Norwich, Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut in New London, Horses Healing Humans  in Stonington, Reliance Health, Inc. of Norwich), The Light House of Groton, and Writer’s Block Ink of New London. Members of the groups participte in the coalition’s monthly peer Roundtable. 

Several of the co-hosts will share their collaborative projects and all will have information tables during the summit. 

Registration is required. Visit


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