Art Center Sarasota to Host Roundtable on Art and Childhood Development

According to the American Art Therapy Association, artistic expression can decrease anxiety, feelings of anger and depression. Additionally, the creative process can improve cognitive abilities, foster greater self-awareness, and help young people regulate their emotions. Art Center Sarasota and Sunshine from Darkness will explore this potential in Art and Childhood Development, a panel discussion examining the role art plays in the emotional well-being of young people.

Panelists include art therapist Lisa Richardson, LMHC; neuropsychologist Amie Austin, Ph.D.; and psychotherapist for children and adolescents Ethan Weiss, MS, LCSW. The moderator is Jane Harris, education director of the Art Center Sarasota. The event will take place on Friday, May 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Art Center Sarasota. The event is sponsored by the Lee and Bob Peterson Foundation/Sunshine from Darkness. To register, visit Sarasota Art Center, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, visit or call 941-365-2032.

About Sarasota Art Center

Art Center Sarasota was Sarasota’s first arts and cultural institution. Founded in 1926 as the “Sarasota Art Association” by Marcia Rader, the Sarasota County School District Art Supervisor, the association was later incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1943 and is at its current location in the Sarasota Bayfront. Cultural district since 1949.

Art Center Sarasota is a member-supported organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives for underserved youth, and public culture-related programs. The Art Center Sarasota is free and open to all audiences. its mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent, and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.

About Sunshine from Darkness

Sunshine from Darkness is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for mental health research and local charities that provide mental health and addictions services in the community of Sarasota. Founded as an affiliate of the Lee and Bob Peterson Foundation, Sunshine from Darkness hosts two events each year, the Journey to Wellness Symposium and the Inspiring Hope Dinner. These events serve educational and fundraising purposes by providing opportunities for local community professionals and philanthropists to engage with the broader mental health community.

Sarasota Center for the Arts

707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone: 941-365-2032

Gallery opening hours

Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Pictured: Ethan Weiss