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Tuesday, October 3 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Let Art Unleash Great Happiness: An Interactive Evening of Creativity and Mindfulness for Social Impact

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This very special evening will highlight the works of The Catherine Mayer Foundation – including an interactive opportunity to express, energize and excite the inner being through creative expression.

The initiatives of the Foundation, and the benefits of art, will be discussed while attendees enjoy food, beverage, interactive drawing, painting, writing, music and movement to excite all of the senses and engage all participants.

Catherine Mayer believes in the power of creativity and its essential place in everyday life – its ability to open and connect the mind and spirit to anything and to anyone. It’s one of the reasons she has created The Catherine Mayer Foundation (www.thecatherinemayerfoundation.org). 

An internationally recognized artist (www.catherinemayer.com), Mayer has engaged with Michael Woo of UpTop (www.uptopcorp.com), to develop design and technology-based solutions that help engage, calm and inspire through a curated experience. Most recently, Mayer has launched an app that encourages focus and calm in kids using interactive images, colors, sounds and music. The evidence-based app has been designed to help relax, focus and concentrate, increasing creativity, self-esteem and imagination. The app has caught the attention of Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the University of Washington College of Education – and is being featured in classrooms at Seattle’s Madrona Elementary School this Fall in partnership with Dr. Janine Jones, Director of the UW College of Education’s Psychology Program.

Dr. Ben Danielson of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic calls Mayer’s efforts “preventative medicine for today’s youth and mental illness.”

The evening’s special guest includes Seattle Sounders’ All-Star Goalkeeper, Stefan Frei. In his youth in Switzerland, Frei rode the rails from school to soccer practice, from his hometown of Altstatten to the academy in nearby St. Gallen. He was always trying to catch a shape, or a squiggle or graffiti – the colorful stuff. Art has been his passion for years.

 “As a goalkeeper, if you make a mistake, nothing good comes from it. Ever,” Frei said. “With art, if you make a mistake, it can turn into something beautiful.”

Join us for a special evening as we better understand how art endures now more than ever, how art connects us, nourishes us and challenges us to better understand our shared humanity.

 


Speakers
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Dr. Ben Danielson

Benjamin Danielson was in the foster care system as a young child. He spent most of his childhood in a low income neighborhood of Washington DC, and finished high school in rural Montana. Along with two sisters, he was raised by an amazing single mom who instilled in him an appreciation for the value of education and a desire to be a contributing member of the community. In college he decided being a doctor was a good melding of scientific and human service interests. After finishing his undergraduate studies in Boston, Dr... Read More →
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Stefan Frei

Joining Sounders FC in 2014, goalkeeper Stefan Frei has quickly put his mark in Seattle’s record book, holding franchise marks for most career shutouts (36), most career wins (59), and most career saves (370). In 2016, he displayed one of the most impressive goalkeeping streaks in league history during the playoffs, leading a stifling defense to four shutouts in six matches. In the MLS Cup Final last season, Frei recorded seven saves, including an outstretched, one-handed tip on Jozy... Read More →
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Catherine Mayer

The Catherine Mayer Foundation Art Studio
Mayer's artwork focuses on the individuality of each moment - impacting the environment and the viewer simultaneously. Her personal style reflects unique energy, movement and gesture which maybe is visually startling, yet at the same time quietly intriguing, and always powerful. Mayer is an internationally recognized artist whose work has been privately and corporately commissioned. Whether in a... Read More →
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Janine Jones, PhD

Janine M. Jones, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program at the University of Washington. She is a Licensed Psychologist whose clinical research focuses on school engagement and providing culturally responsive interventions in school psychology practice as well as strategies that foster healthier relationships between home, school, and community. In her partnership with Catherine Mayer, she is exploring the impact of art-based mindfulness on school engagement and student well-being. Dr. Jones is an author and the editor of the book The Psychology of Multiculturalism in the Schools: A primer for practice, training, and research. Her educational background includes a... Read More →
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Michael Woo

As the UX Manager, Michael is responsible for a variety of B2B and B2C projects that include overall digital strategy, team assembly, the design of user interactions and user research organization and analysis. At UpTop, Michael has worked on several large-scale projects – from discovery to launch... Read More →