Painted Brains Creative Minds

PaintedBrain creates lasting community-based solutions to mental health challenges and the impact of social injustice through arts, advocacy, and enterprise. In this course students used Human Centered Design and Socially Engaged Art Practices to facilitate a Mental Health Awareness campaign and two community engaged events.  

Faculty & Guest Artists

Gina Valona
Leyna Lightman
Annette Nino

Team

Danielle Arnold
Ronaldo Cameron
Estephany Choy
Quincy Crosby
Dalilah Lopez

Team

Hunter Norris
Xepher Wolf Wagner
Fugo Yajima
Scarlett Zhou
Discover

Instructor Gina Valona teaches Otis College students how to use Human Centered Design and Socially Engaged Art Practices to facilitate relationships with individuals and organizations in a community and collaborate with them to implement a social and/or community engaged event. With special attention given to both critical self-care and a emergent curriculum and engagement, the course is an exercise in empathy building, listening, negotiation of private and public spheres and co-creation.

Envision

Students were asked to work in multi-disciplinary teams to envision “lasting community-based solutions to mental health challenges and the impact of social injustice through arts, advocacy, and enterprise” with the goal of producing two community engaged events throughout the semester. The particular challenge for students was locating “self” on the spectrum of mental health and consider how that “expert” self-knowledge informed their research, relationships, proposed solutions and final engagement of the work.

Deliver

As a result of the partnership and collaboration with Painted Brain, students were able to implement real world outcomes as an extension of the class. These included a Mental Health Awareness poster campaign exhibition in the Pico Kiosks in Mid-City Los Angeles in collaboration with ART on PICO. An interior re-design of the community center reception area and boutique. A re-design of the Painted Brain logo and storefront signage. And two socially engaged art events centered around the topic of Mental Health facilitating activities such as a photobooth, pop-up boutique and community mural.

Visiting Artists

Anthony Valadez: KCRW and Tune In 

Kelly Hargraves: REDCAT

Eric Kogler: Artist advising

Pascaline Doucin-Dahlke: Artist advising

Special thanks to David Leon, Leyna Lightman, David Israelian, Ashley Payne, Kevin Naruse, James Giaquinto and the entire Painted Brain community for their advocacy, bravery and willingness to take risks and play with us during this project!