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Coffee with a Curator

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September 6, 2023 @ 10:30am 11:30am

Arts and Medicine: Creating a Wellness Model for the Veteran Community and Their FamiliesHow the USF CAMpus Contributes to Innovations in Arts and Wellness Programming. 

Join us for this installment of our Coffee with a Curator series, where Museum Staff or invited guests speak on a range of Dalí-inspired topics. In conjunction with the special exhibition Where Ideas Come From: Dalí’s Drawings, this month’s talk will feature Leslie Elsasser, Curator of Education at the University of South Florida (USF) Contemporary Art Museum.

Combining art and health into wellness models can offer a wide range of therapeutic benefits. As recently as 2020, evidence supports the use of the creative arts in healing traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorders for military veterans; the creative arts as a therapeutic model may shorten treatment, advance progress and accelerate wellness. Leslie Elsasser will present Breaking Barriers, a museum arts-based program that utilizes photography, Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), and writing to promote healing and self-expression among veterans and their families. 

Location: The Dalí Museum’s Will Raymund Theater (registration required) or live on YouTube (link below).

Register to attend in person at the link below. This event is free, with limited capacity. An event ticket is required for entry. Gallery access is not included.

To watch the live stream from home, click below at the time of the program:

Leslie Elsasser, Curator of Education

Leslie Elsasser is a Curator of Education and an Educator at the USF Contemporary Art Museum. She was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to India in 2003, and was an artist in residence at Sanskriti in 2003 and 2005, and UCross in 2012. Elsasser holds a BA in Art and Design from Rhode Island School of Design, an MA in Fine Art from the University of South Florida with twenty years of pedagogical experience in the arts, Elsasser is currently the Breaking Barriers Program Director.