By Gail HM Brown, Ph.D.,
Sen. Kelvin Butler (hema), Dist. 38, he presented the Senate Resolution recognizing the importance of the Arts 2 Health 2 Wellness Event to co -sponsors Traci Patterson Cook (center) and Mayer Tammy Witherspoon. AND GAIL BROWN
While many people around the state of Mississippi are going out to shop at Easter on Saturday, April 16, the crowds in Magnolia, Miss.
They gathered for the city’s first event: Arts 2 Health 2 Wellness Event. Led by Traci Patterson Cook, with the support of Mayor Tammy Witherspoon and Edward “Bull Moose” Johnson, the event raised awareness of how the work can be used to improve public health.
“I’m very happy today,” Patterson Cook told the crowd. “Today is a vision God gave me.”
He shared the same with The Mississippi link Growing up in Magnolia, he was known for his arts and civics at a young age. “I participated in public speaking and community programs that taught me leadership and public service skills. These experiences really gave me confidence and strong interpersonal skills, but my experience of music through playing the piano gave me more. Playing the piano was a way to express my thoughts, an outlet for my thoughts and gave me a way to tell my story.
Arts 2 Health 2 Wellness expert said, “That’s what works for us. They gave us the usual language of storytelling. We share our stories with others and allow them to tell their own stories. And from meditation we can move on to overall health and mental health and well -being. Thatʻs the nature of this event.
Using the theme, “Art as Storytelling and Healing,” the city of Magnolia was transformed into an art gallery. The gallery has featured exhibitions such as “Expressions of Blackness: Across the African Diaspora and Beyond” by local artist, Charmagne Andrews; “What if?” artwork by Eva Gordon Elementary (Assistant Principal Chander Jenkins and Community Activist Kevin Brown); and Otken elementary school students (Teacher Sara Doman). The “Abstract and a Little Picasso” gallery was also featured by fifth -grade guest artist Carrie Patterson, of Glen Burnie, Maryland.
At half -past one in the morning, locals, locals and visitors were treated to a decorated and colorful table and a list of healthy and well -appointed treasures curated by Patterson Cook. and also provided by a board of witnesses.
Talking about the course, the audience (some on the side of their seats) listened intently to the technology on the topic: “Preventive and Mental Health Matters!” Panelists included Health Educator Ida Anderson of the Mississippi State Department of Health, Chief Innovation and Senior Strategist for The Jackson Medical Mall David Bickham, and Mental Health Therapist Kontonya Barfield, MSW, CMHT of Hattiesburg, Miss.
Anderson told the crowd that it was important to know “how do you feel about yourself; how do you feel about yourself?” He said it is also important to know your numbers (i.e. stress symptoms, cholesterol) because these things play an important role in a person’s overall life. He also brought home COVID-19 test kits for those in need.
In addition to their mental health training and knowledge each panelist also reported cardiac trauma and / or mental health evidence.
Bickham admitted Saturday was his “first time to talk openly” about what he went through during his “mental health journey” when he was young and his first school years. “In my case, I had a lot of depression as a child because of trauma abuse,” she said.
Barfield, who testified strongly how his brother’s brutal death affected him. She pointed out that although she was a licensed laborer, she needed to seek professional help to integrate herself.
A strong advocate for children’s mental health, Barfield told the public that when working with children and parents, teachers need to know that children are different and that they are not all the same. He said enrolling children was “bad.”
Bickham, who described himself as a futurist, and key panelists were not ashamed to seek professional health from a physician or professional.
Entering the crowd, retired educator Geneva Patterson said, “We need to break this stigma that we place on our children and ourselves. There is a difference in delay. and special. “
Artist Andrews says it not only helps to address mental health issues but also during growth and development. “It used to be for fun but it could help us solve the problem; Just working with coloring books … can be valuable information to help people do better, “he said. The Mississippi link.
During the event, Mayor Witherspoon recognized two members of his Youth Council for their work in helping with the event: Miss South Pike High Alexis Smith and Vice President Samuel Nimox. “They are dynamite. If I want anything, these two are for me, ”Mayor Witherspoon said.
Patterson Cook recognized Johnson for his dedicated help and support, including the First Unity Federal Credit Union, Rosehill Missionary Baptist Church, South Pike High School Class of 1979 and Anti -Vaping Schools. Some people are sending financial support for the art2health2wellness event.
“Community members are talking about the value and importance of a health initiative,” Patterson Cook said. “Everyone asked when our event was going to be and they said, ‘We need this.’
“People listened to jazz music after the event under the city square and told personal stories of trauma and healing. It was a day of community care and sharing. like. “
Featuring Jackie Clemmons, Braxton Cook and sound by Clifton O’Bryant.
Other volunteers included Rosehill Missionary Baptist Church Student Ambassadors; Photographer, Christina Eaglelin; Caterer Dee’s Works; Construction and design by Marcus Steptoe.
A highlight of the event came when Mississippi Senator Kelvin Butler, District 38 and a Magnolia resident, appeared to present Patterson Cook with a Senate resolution on his efforts from the State Senate.
“This is a big deal for Magnolia,” Butler said as he thanked the prime minister for allowing the event. “Magnolia, Miss. at home; how is it? “” I love my small town and watch God’s work in our town. “
See pictures, page 15.