Seeds of Collective Healing: Art Making as a Response to Living and Dying

February 8, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. Pacific | Virtual Event

Online, statewide & beyond

This So Much Together workshop will take place online via Zoom. Please register in advance using this form

How can we use art as a tool for coping, healing, and expression at the end of life? Join Crystal Meneses, an interdisciplinary artist, death doula, and hospice chaplain, in this workshop that will consider questions of legacy, art, loss, and healing. 

Through storytelling, conversation, movement, and mindfulness activities, Crystal will support our inquiry into the common themes and questions related to this human experience. What universal questions can we explore through art, and how can a deeper understanding about end of life experiences affect our ability to live more consciously? Participants will also consider how macro-level systems like White supremacy can factor into the death experience—and how art can be used in reconstructing paths toward wholeness and healing. 

So Much Together's online workshops provide an opportunity to develop career and community building tools in an interactive virtual setting. These sessions are designed for participants to learn, engage in conversations and activities, and reflect on the role of imagination and collaboration in their own work. 

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About the presenter: 

Crystal Meneses is an interdisciplinary artist who activates community arts making and collective healing. She is a composer, choral conductor, death doula, and hospice chaplain that practices therapeutic based healing arts. Crystal's work ranges from youth arts civic engagement organizing, nonprofit leadership, muralist/painter, to a singing hospice chaplain. The common themes of Crystal's work is addressing isolation through healing arts  practices. Her work is intergenerational and rooted in her cultural values of fluid collectiveness. The Augmented Reality Singing Mural, Underground Shanghai Concerts, Intergenerational Music Programming at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility and the Last Words Cemetery Concert Series are some of her notable community healing projects. 

About So Much Together:

So Much Together is an Oregon Humanities program that celebrates the abundance of imaginative and collaborative work happening in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

So Much Together workshops blend presentation, conversation, and activities to build understanding of how great work is shaping lives and the land in our region.