Second Lady Karen Pence visited Florida State University in Tallahassee on October 18 to announce her official platform, titled Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART. Florida State University is home to a nationally acclaimed art therapy graduate education program. Following her announcement, Mrs. Pence visited Canopy Cove Eating Disorder Treatment Center to speak with an art therapist and clients about their experience with art therapy.
In an article published Wednesday, Mrs. Pence shared her story of learning about art therapy and selecting it for her platform as Second Lady. In 2006, a conversation about art teaching techniques connected her with Tracy’s Kids, an organization in Washington, D.C. offering art therapy to child cancer patients. Amazed by how effectively the art therapy approach served patients, Mrs. Pence (who is a former art teacher, not a therapist) joined the board of Tracy’s Kids in 2011.
“It is evident when I visit art therapy programs across the United States and world, that art therapy is making a positive difference, said Mrs. Pence. “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.”
Watch her video to learn more about the Second Lady’s passion for art as an aid to healing and wellbeing.