AWI Sanctuary Space presents: Exploring Art Therapy

An ongoing Continued Connections program that creates virtual spaces for people to connect at the intersection of art and mental health.

Is art therapy something you’ve always been curious about in your mental health journey?

This is a post-event highlight page for “Exploring Art Therapy” a virtual Sanctuary Space event hosted by Art With Impact on September 15, 2022. Watch the recording and explore attendee feedback from our discussion with special guest Sharon Uy, clinical art psychotherapist, coach, writer, and artist. Together we explored short films about the difference between practicing art therapeutically vs. art therapy and took part in a collective creative activity.

PLAY: interactive event recording + presentation:

Other films screened:

How Art Therapy Changed My Life

About our special guest:

Sharon Uy works as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Art Therapist, and creates as a writer and artist. In her private therapy practice based out of Los Angeles, she blends somatic work, art making, visualization, and spiritual practices to guide beloved clients back to their fully integrated and truest Selves. All are welcome, but those who seek her services are typically creative adults in their 20s and 30s journeying towards figuring out the meaning of (this) life, and the most joyful and peaceful role to play in it. She has worked with people of all shapes, sizes, identities, and afflictions, and has found that, across the board, the ultimate keys for healing are laughter and love.

Visit Sharon Uy’s website at:

Recommended Resources from Sharon Uy:

Find an art therapist:

Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Mental Health Alliance
Learn how to support someone else’s mental health: Be There Certificate

Artwork from attendees:


Date:September 15, 2022
Time:1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Workshop Evaluation

93% of participants felt the event created awareness of mental health issues
84% of participants gained new tools to support their own wellness
70% participants made a meaningful connection with other people
It was really amazing to be reminded that art doesn’t have to be anything specific. "
-Sanctuary Space attendee

Films Screened

Films screened and discussed at this workshop

View Film Library


Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission The MHSOAC provides vision and leadership, in collaboration with clients, their family members, and underserved communities, to ensure Californians understand mental health is essential to overall health. MHSOAC holds public mental health systems accountable, provides oversight for eliminating disparities; promotes wellness, recovery and resiliency; and ensures positive outcomes for individuals living with serious mental illness and their families.