SXSW 2024

Community-led Mental Health in the Performing Arts Industry


Performing artists deeply enrich society's cultural fabric yet often face unique stressors and barriers to mental health. What if equipping the arts community to provide frontline mental health support to one another could begin to bridge the gap? A growing evidence base for community-based mental health strategies is emerging globally. Bringing together an intersection of scholars, community organizations and artists, this panel will explore steps toward transforming artists’ occupational and lived experiences while building resilient, safe and inclusive grounds for art creation.

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  1. Consider ways to move from histories of neglect of performers' wellbeing to harnessing the power of community to revolutionize mental health support.
  2. Discuss what would it take to equip artists and other industry stakeholders to transform these spaces.
  3. Identify pathways for training, advocacy and partnerships to create new roles within the performing arts focused on mental health and wellbeing.



Alesha Cid-Vega, Lab Manager And Graduate Psychology Student, The New School for Social Research

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Workplace Revolution
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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