The Pence family has a whole lot of heart, and Vice President Mike Pence’s wife Karen Pence is no exception. The second lady announced her new art therapy initiative on Wednesday, October 18. The initiative will be called: Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART.
Pence was visiting Florida State University’s nationally recognized art therapy graduate program when she made the announcement and later spoke to clients and therapists at Canopy Cove Eating Disorder Treatment Center about art therapy.
While at FSU she said:
“It is evident when I visit art therapy programs across the United States and world, that art therapy is making a positive difference.”
“From children with cancer to struggling teens, to grieving families, to people with autism, to military service members experiencing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, to those with eating disorders, art therapy is changing lives.”
The White House also released this video highlighting her new program:
Pence is an art teacher and an artist, but she became involved in art therapy after visiting Tracy’s Kids, a nonprofit helping children cope with severe illness. From then on, she became inspired and joined Tracy’s Kids board of directors.
Pence wrote in a White House statement:
“Art therapy, according to the American Art Therapy Association, is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages…Art therapy is when you’re actually working with a trained therapist. It is not arts and crafts.”
Do we have some awesome people in the White House or what? The Pences are devout Christians, and this caring and compassionate act is just one more example of their faith and good works. Mental health is important, and people should be encouraged to seek out treatments in new and innovative ways to get them on the path to wellness.
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