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Arts and Crafts Wellbeing Extravaganza

Event

Program Description

The Bailey library is looking for people to share their special talent and skills in a hobby, or an art and craft. The  event will promote the significant role that arts and crafts play in creative expression and wellbeing.  The event will offer an opportunity to demonstrate your talent and discuss the importance of the craft in your life to encourage students to explore and experience the same.

Crafts and hobbies have been an important part of our society for thousands of years. They are an enjoyable way to improve mental health and promote creativity. Research supports the impact of arts and crafts on our mental health.

Proposed Date and Time of Event

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm in the Bailey Library Active Zone tables. 

Types of Crafts

All types of arts and crafts are welcome for this program:

  • Create a potholder with looms with Beth Marshall
  • 3D printing of looms with Shawn Deron
  • Create a card with paint with Theresa Dubiel
  • Learn to cross stitch with Casey Francis
  • Doodle Art with Jill Jepsen
  • Macrame with Sandy McCarthy

Types of Hobbies

All types of hobbies  are welcome for this program 

Research

A few articles that support this program:

  • A 2018 review of studies found that arts and crafts can help manage stress.
  • A 2021 study found that group craftwork encourages the sharing of ideas and perspectives and strengthens your sense of connection to society.
  • Sense of connectedness  -- A 2017 study found that engaging more with society can play a crucial role in mental health and well-being.
  • A 2020 study suggested that arts and crafts can have favorable and diverse impacts on mental health for caregivers in need of support. These benefits included enhancements in: Empathy, self-esteem, resilience, and empowerment.
  • A 2019 review of studies found that even the experience of going to an art museum to admire art can promote psychological well-being.