Arts in Mind, the series investigating the intersections of the arts, creativity and mental health, is pleased to announce its first-ever festival, with four events over two days on March 15 and 16 in New York City.
On Friday March 15, Arts in Mind and The Moth  present a Moth StorySlam on the theme “Going Sane,” hosted by Dan Kennedy  and Joshua Wolf Shenk, at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium at 66 W 12th Street. Doors open at 7 p.m. and stories begin on-stage at 7:30 p.m. At Moth Slams, all attendees are invited to put their names in a hat and 10 people are picked to tell 5-minute stories. While all other festival events are free and open to the public, the Moth event will be ticketed and will likely sell out. Tickets go on sale March 1. I will forward the announcement when it comes; you can also sign up for the Moth mailing list here .
On Saturday March 16, at 11 a.m., leaders of innovative programs on the arts in mental health gather for a colloquy to share their lessons and questions. Includes representatives fromFountain Gallery , the Living Museum , the Austen Riggs Center , Access Programs of the Museum of Modern Art , and The Bridge . At the New School's Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th St.
At 2:00 p.m., join the bestselling author Lois Lowry  and the scholar Ellen Handler Spitz  for a conversation on what we can learn from the perennial controversies about children’s books that are “too dark.” At the New School's Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th St. This event is co-sponsored by the School of Writing at the New School. 
And at 4:00 p.m., the festival concludes with “What’s Your Hang-Up,” in which a psychologist and art critic investigate the work of two artists to try to determine their central preoccupations-their “hang-ups.” The artists themselves will be on hand to respond and discuss. Featuring the artists Edwina White  and Shantell Martin . At the New School's Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th St. Co-curated by Amanda Stern .
Arts in Mind is hosted by the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School  and is made possible by support from the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center.