BlackRock in a Box: Self-Centered

Main Street Connect is excited to partner with BlackRock Center for the Arts to offer a unique opportunity for the Main Street community.

July 13 – August 5, 2021
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00 PM

$50 for Members | $100 for Non-Members
Financial assistance may be available for members. Please contact us to make a request.

This is a virtual program. Each session will meet on Zoom.

Did you know that Art is a powerful wellness tool? Learn about the connection between Art making and mindfulness through guided breathing, reflection, and visual Journaling. You’ll leave each class feeling relaxed and ready for tomorrow! Included with your registration is a box of supplies for class that will be enjoyed and spark creativity well beyond the eight sessions.

Some examples of projects include mandalas, watercolor shapes with drawn illustrations/changes on top, and using drawing as a way to capture changes in our breathing/state of mind. We will also be learning about different breaths and experiment with how they can affect our mindset. Its centered around using art tools and practices to give us insight into our state of being, emotions, and processing.

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Instructor Bio

Anjali WellsAnjali Wells received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Master of Art Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Anjali also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Equity and Excellence in Education from McDaniel College. She has been a Highly Qualified Art Educator for Montgomery County Public Schools since 2013. In 2013, she developed an arts-based mindfulness program for at-risk elementary students which proved to reduce the number of office infractions of participants. Anjali was the site coordinator and lead teaching artist for Explore, Create, Connect at Briggs Chaney Middle School, a program made possible by a Trawick Foundation Grant that collaborated with Arts on the Block, Impact Silver Spring, and Clancyworks Dance company to provide struggling students with arts based community engagement. The program proved to improve participant’s self-esteem, a sense of belonging in the school community, and ultimately their attendance and GPA. In 2019, Anjali worked as a contributor to the Smithsonian Freer Sackler Museum’s Freeman project writing curriculum resources for the gallery’s Chinese art collection. Additionally, she provides professional development annually through the Maryland Art Education Association. Anjali currently serves on the MCPS Fine Arts curriculum team.

This program is generously subsidized by the Breit and Levinson families as well as other sponsors.