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Art of Empathy: Social Engagement

Apr 29 2021

Seattle Art Museum



Art can help us reduce stress, work through anxiety, and process emotions. In a year of a global pandemic, racial injustice, and political upheaval, it’s important to take time for self-care. Join SAM educators as we explore the art of empathy for others as well as ourselves. Each lunchtime session will be about 45 minutes long and include a meditation activity as well as a deep look at works from SAM's collection. Sign up for one or as many sessions as you'd like. The webinar format allows you to munch on your salad without worrying whether anyone can see the spinach in your teeth.

Session 4: Social Engagement

Social Engagement is contributing to the well-being of the community. Art already has the ability to provide beauty, heal, reveal truths, and more. During this session, we'll be joined by artist Molly Vaughan. Vaughan's work reflects on themes of social engagement and empathy. Vaughan's work, Project 42: Myra Ical, 4300 Block of Garrot St., Houston, TX, entered the museum's collection following her exhibition at SAM in 2018.

This session will be led by Kelsey Donahue, Assistant Manager for Gallery Learning.

About the Artist

Molly Vaughan (b. 1977 London, UK) holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a MFA from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions, including the exhibitions MOTHA and Chris E. Vargas Present: Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington and We the People at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Vaughan was the recipient of the Betty Bowen Award for 2017 and her exhibition Project 42 was exhibited at Seattle Art Museum in 2018. Vaughan has received grants from Art Matters Foundation, Visual Artists Network, the Pollination Project, and the Hillsborough Arts Council. Her work has been featured in The Advocate, Surface Design Journal, City Arts Journal, Tampa Bay Times, and New American Paintings. 

Other Events in the Series

Thu Apr 8
Art of Empathy: Self-Awareness

Thu Apr 15
Art of Empathy: Self-Regulation

Thu Apr 22
Art of Empathy: Social Awareness

Thu Apr 29
Art of Empathy: Social Engagement

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Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.