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Mindfulness Collaboratory: Using Contemplative Collectives to Foster Adaptive Change in a Time of Adversity and to Promote Workforce Development in the Creative Economy

Research Open House 2021

Rhonda Schaller and Esmilda Hornbostel-Abreu
Sam Harvey
School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies
Seed Grant 2019-2020

We’re curious about the role of contemplative practices, mindfulness, and creative self-care in aiding focus, positive uplift, and resilience for the benefit of artists and arts leaders. We have been awarded a two-year Tremaine Foundation Grant to build mindfulness collectives—what we have called a “collaboratory.”

The Mindfulness Collaboratory will look at contemplative practices, including mindfulness and meditation, sitting and walking practices, and formal and informal expressions of self-awareness in order to aid artists and arts leaders in reimagining self and practice, business, and audience during COVID and within post-COVID contexts.

A chat window with people sharing feelings such as eager, tired, alert, etc.
Participants check-in before a mindfulness session