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"Art as Therapy" festival highlights medicine in creative expression

The Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NEDHSA) will host the "Art is Therapy" Festival Saturday, April 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Downtown Monroe River Market.

The event features a health fair, live music, food, and crafts, as well as local vendors. The agency is searching for artists to exhibit and sell work, artists who can perform crafting activities with those attending the festival, and local agencies to host booths at the festival.

Organizer Dr. Avius Carroll says, "There are so many pathways to express your feelings. What we want to do is to bring notoriety to art — not just painting, but art as it's expressed in so many different ways."

NEDHSA Executive Director Dr. Monteic Sizer explains the goal festival will work to "make northeast Louisiana a regional creative hub that will generate economic development, diversity, and job creation. There is medicine in creative expression, and the arts can help people come alive in ways traditional treatment can't."

More information about the Art is Therapy Festival can be found onlineor by calling 318-362-4617.

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