Words & Snapshots: Healing Arts Aims for Outreach


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​In collaboration with the staff of the Cleveland Public Library, Hospice of the Western Reserve took its Healing Arts program on the road this year, visiting two Cleveland neighborhoods.

The workshops, made possible in part by funding from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, are art therapy sessions available through Western Reserve Grief Services to help people on their grief journey.

A Healing Arts Workshop session was held at the Langston Hughes Branch of CPL. Later, an art exhibit featuring photography and journaling done by four participants in Words and Snapshots, one of the many workshops offered, took place at the Martin Luther King Branch. The participants agreed to exhibit their work to help make others aware of the healing benefits of art therapy for those who are grieving.


From Left: Paulette Zaryczny Mollie Borgione, HWR art therapist, Britanny and Venetia Forbes.

Britanny, A workshop participant and opening reception attendee.

“The goal of the traveling series is to make the workshops more accessible in the community for those who can’t necessarily attend one at our Lakeshore campus,” explained Diane Snyder Cowan, Director of Western Reserve Grief Services.

“This concept has the potential to help us serve individuals who are unaware of our grief support services, or who are uncomfortable or unable to attend sessions at hospice locations. We’re looking forward to bringing the workshops to more community locations in 2018.”

For a full list of classes, workshops and other offerings made available through
Western Reserve Grief Services, visit hospicewr.org/griefandloss

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