Watch Now: Creative, Vulnerable & Well Salon

The Art Restart podcast and salon series presented the "Creative, Vulnerable and Well" salon on Sept. 1, 2021. The salon features an honest discussion with artists and mental health professionals about personal psychological challenges they've faced and the strategies they have developed to maintain their mental wellness. Watch the full salon recording below.

Mental Health Resources for Artists

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or emergency, please contact the following:

In the United States:

In Canada:

For non-emergency mental health resources and counseling in the United States, please consider the following organizations:

In Canada, The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre,

Salon Guests & Moderator

Catalina Bellizzi-Itiola

Catalina (CATAPHANT) Bellizzi-Itiola is a San Diego-based visual artist, activist, educator, muralist and designer who creates highly textured, mixed-media abstract paintings based on her experiences with spirituality and mental illness.

Frank Horvat

Frank Horvat is an award-winning multi-genre composer and pianist who explores a wide array of themes in his music from love to the environment, mental health and social justice issues.

Cliff Notez

Boston native Cliff Notez is an award-winning, multi–digital media artist, musician, entrepreneur, and filmmaker whose art is a continuous exploration of the Black mind.


Stephanie Cartwright is the Clinical Director for UNCSA's Counseling Services. She supports students during various developmental stages throughout their high school and college careers.

Tara Rynders

Moderator Tara Rynders is an interdisciplinary dance and video artist who has been a registered nurse for sixteen years. She is an Advanced Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and the founder and artistic director of The Clinic, an arts and play-based company that provides workshops, performances and research around burnout and secondary traumatic stress.