Self-care through Creativity

by Iyari Arteaga

Managing being in graduate school, working remotely, and living through a global pandemic undoubtedly, presents its challenges. However, as unpredictable as these times may be, I am constantly reminded of the importance of balance, self-care, and need for community.  Admittedly, being able to think about my own self-care feels like an immense privilege, but it’s important to highlight how crucial it is for every one of us to find the little or big things that bring us joy and ease. 

Creating — whether it be painting, writing poetry, dancing around the house to some of my favorite albums, or cooking — have gifted me with much needed moments of joy, laughter, and tranquility.   I am reminded of the power and beauty of the arts and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with Young Audiences of Northern California to ensure that the arts are accessible to all.  If I am not writing a paper, in a virtual class, or working on YANC projects, you can probably find me practicing my main form of self-care, creating. 

Art is powerful, healing, and gives us the opportunity to build community and connect with one another.  This opportunity to build community through art, I believe, is one of the most important tools we currently have. 

Iyari Arteaga is our Arts Education Program Administrator at Young Audiences of Northern California. She is currently enrolled at the University of San Francisco, earning her Master of Arts' degree in Museum Studies.