Feel Your Feelings Fridays

Wednesday May 27th, 2020

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Erie Arts & Culture in partnership with the County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper and the Erie County Department of Health present “Feel Your Feelings Fridays,” an effort that includes two participatory initiatives to promote mental wellness.  The initiatives consist of a virtual youth art exhibit and a 30-day adult journaling challenge.

In April, Americans for the Arts distributed an international survey designed to measure the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the public. The survey will be used to strengthen understanding of the mental health impacts of sheltering in place, social distancing, and isolation—and to determine if there are ways to buffer against those ill effects, such as arts-based activities and events.

To promote mental wellness in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Erie Arts & Culture is launching two new participatory initiatives that promote residents to check in with themselves and explore how they’re feeling as a result of the current situation. The initiatives, which are being introduced as part of the agency’s New Horizons program, are in partnership with County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper and the Erie County Department of Health. The initiatives will engage both youth and adults and will leverage the power of the visual, performing, and literary arts to navigate feelings and express emotions. 

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Virtual Youth Art Exhibit:


Through the first initiative, Erie Arts & Culture will solicit works of art from Erie County youth in response to one question, “How are you feeling?”  Youth can use any artistic discipline, medium, or material to respond. Erie Arts & Culture is requesting that artwork created in response to the question be submitted to the agency digitally. All Erie County Students grades K-12 are welcomed to participate.


The categories include Visual, Performing, and Literary Arts.

Please submit artwork to programs@erieartsandculture.org by Monday, June 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Submissions will be categorized and published by Elementary, Middle, and High School tiers.

Coming soon: Additional tips and suggestions about artwork files. Check back here next week for some handy tips for submitting your artwork!

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Give Rise To Your Feelings:
30 days of journaling prompts

The second initiative is a journaling project for adults called “Give Rise To Your Feelings.” Kristen Weeks, Erie Arts & Culture’s Project Manager of New Horizons, wrote 30-days of creative prompts. Jessica Annunziata, an Erie-based thespian, recorded video directives for each prompt. Prompts will be shared daily through Erie Arts & Culture’s social media. The agency purchased 150+ journals to distribute to community members interested in participating. Those who participate are encouraged to share their writing with Erie Arts & Culture, if they feel comfortable doing so. Daily journal entries can also be submitted to the agency by commenting or tagging Erie Arts & Culture on Facebook or Instagram, or by emailing photos of the journal entries to kristenm@erieartsandculture.org.

Funding for New Horizons is provided in part by the Erie Community Foundation.