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Join us for Our Viva Voce Artist Conversations

Join ArtWorks for Viva Voce, a series of creative conversations with Artists and ArtWorks’ Alumni. Today, the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region has a global reputation as an arts destination and is full of talented working creatives. ArtWorks invites you to connect with Artists who are creating groundbreaking works. Hear Artists speak about their artwork and current issues in this series, and we invite you to join the conversation.

Join us for Viva Voce: Mental Health and Self Care in the Arts
Thursday, June 10, 5:30 p.m.

On Thursday, June 10, 2021, ArtWorks will be hosting the next Viva Voce Artist Conversation on Mental Health and Self Care in the Arts. Five artists discuss their work which supports positive self-image and mental health through art.

  • Brent Billingsley has developed his practice by working with youth in hospital settings. He has build programs to support youth who are on extended stays to improve their experience and self-image through the art.
  • Ben Kaplan, MD, MPH is an incoming resident physician in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC. Outside of his clinical work, Ben is an avid illustrator and cartoonist who often uses his work to encourage conversations around mental health and social justice.
  • Harry Sanchez, Jr. was born in El Paso, Texas in 1980. In his most recent work, Sanchez has used installations, prints, and other media to make artistic statements from the position of a racialized minority in the United States. He uses his artwork to comment on global matters such as the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib; the double-identity of whistleblowers who are hailed as heroes or condemned as traitors; and to denounce the separation of families following the deportation of undocumented migrants. Sanchez earned his BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2015, and his MFA from the University of Cincinnati in 2017.
  • Kate Tepe is an artist and designer who has used gameplay through her work. In 2018, Tepe partnered with ArtWorks to design a game that would start conversations about mental health to normalize this conversation among teens and young adults.
  • Kah Yangni is an illustrator and muralist living in Philadelphia, PA. They make heartfelt art about justice, queerness, and joy. Their art appears in all kinds of places- bus shelters, murals, reports, t-shirts, billboards, and magazines. They have presented their work for the Poster House in NYC and the RISD Museum, and with Art in Ad Places, and their art is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Register for Viva Voce: Mental Health and Self Care in the Arts

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Viva Voce Artist Conversations are opportunities for the community to learn from Artists in our community. Have an idea for an upcoming Viva Voce? Reach out to us at 513.333.0388 or at

Past Viva Voce Artist Conversations

Check out our past Viva Voce Artist Conversations.

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Upcoming Dates

Save the dates for upcoming Viva Voce Artist Conversations on September 9, 2021 and December 9, 2021.

About ArtWorks

ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization collaborates with community organizations and residents, businesses, governments, foundations and nonprofits to build creative works of art that bolster the region’s global reputation as an arts destination. ArtWorks employs professional artists who inspire and mentor diverse teams of youth, ages 14-21, helping them build 21st century career-readiness skills. These teams have completed more than 12,500 public and private art projects in its 25 years, including more than 200 permanent outdoor murals.