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Health Through Art

Health Through Art (HTA) is a program of the Health and Human Resource Education Center that encourages the community to create art and utilize art as a platform to express emotions, tell stories, and heal. Since 1992, HTA has hosted a biennial Call for Art inviting Alameda County residents to submit 2-D art illustrating what effects their mental health, including racism, discrimination, housing, socio-economic status, health disparities, etc.

The winners of the Call for Art have their art turned into advertising campaigns displayed throughout Alameda County on billboards, bus shelters, bus trails, online platforms, and in television and radio spots.

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Program Manager
14th Call for Art

The 14th Call for Art!

Health Through Art (HTA) is a program of Health & Human Resource Education Center that encourages the community to create art and utilize art as a platform to express emotions, tell stories, and heal. Since 1992, HTA has hosted a biennial call for art inviting Alameda County residents to submit art illustrating what effects their mental health, including racism, discrimination, housing, socio-economic status, health disparities etc.

This year’s theme: “What Does Substance Abuse Disorder Look Like To You?”

Health Through Art’s Facilitator

James Cook is a facilitator for our participants and is supporter of Health & Human Resource
Education Center’s values. He co-leads our art workshops and manages outreach activities and promotes the HTA program!

View the Artwork

13th Call for Art

What Does Mental Wellness Look Like to You

This year’s theme was “What Does Mental Wellness Look Like to You.” A Selection Committee of 16 members, including mental health professionals, teachers, past HTA constituents, and Alameda County residents selected the winners of the 13th Call for Art. Entries were judged based on:

  1. Does the image and statement meet the theme and address mental health?
  2. Is the piece eye catching and would it be suitable as a billboard, public transit poster, and for online distribution?
  3. Does the piece speak for itself and convey a strong message?

10 winners were selected and each received a $500 gift card reward.

Meet one of the artists

art therapy painting

Art Therapy Workshops

More than simply creating art, learn to unlock your creative potential and develop new coping skills through therapeutic mechanisms.

The upcoming session for this workshop is being planned. For more information, please contact the Health Through Art Program Manager.

Community Advisory Board Recruitment

We are recruiting new and returning team members with experience in strategic development, event planning, and program development.

Member Roles

  • Development and planning of HTA programs and events
  • Conducting outreach and distributing marketing materials
  • Facilitating one art workshop for 10 HTA participants (or provide facilitator)

Meetings: 2nd Tuesday every month. 1:30–2:30 (lunch provided) via Go To Meeting free video conferencing platform.

For more information, or to sign up, please contact:
Anjila Ysufi, Program Manager
ayusufi.hhrec@gmail.com

Anjila Yusufi, Program Manager

Anjila Yusufi, Program Manager of Health Through Art

ayusufi.hhrec@gmail.com

Anjila Yusufi recently joined HHREC as the Program Manager of Health Through Art. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Community Health from California State University, East Bay. Anjila grew up in the Bay Area and focused most of her professional career in helping low income underserved populations in Alameda County. She continues to do that at HHREC by managing the Call for Art and Roving Art Show. She serves her community by increasing awareness of mental health and promoting overall wellness in a judge-free environment.

Contact Anjila