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The Art of Grieving: How art helps us live our best lives

The Art of Grieving: How art helps us live our best lives
Embracing grief as the art we need it to be, we look to the arts with Scottish musician Mairi Campbell–exploring music and voice to create rituals of remembrance for community transformation

Join Sheila K Collins, PhD, guest Scottish artist Mairi Campbell, and members of the InterPlay-based Wing & A Prayer Pittsburgh Players for this interactive 90-minute exploration of grieving as a life-long art. Looking to art and artists for inspiration, we’ll use InterPlay, a creative approach that involves the folk arts of dance, song, storytelling, and stillness. Participants will be invited to share snippets of their own stories and what they are learning about the art of grieving through this unprecedented time. You may attend any or all the four workshops of this series.

Dr. Sheila K Collins PhD is a dancing social worker, grief advocate, and author of Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss and Rituals that Heal, Stillpoint: A Self-care Playbook for Caregivers to Find Ease, and Time to Breathe, and Reclaim Joy, and an upcoming book, The Art of Grieving, She directs InterPlay Pittsburgh and the InterPlay-based improvisational performance company Wing & A Prayer Pittsburgh Players.

Mairi Campbell is a pioneering Scottish musician whose work is rooted in, and draws from, her personal stories and cultural concerns. Recipient of six national music awards she was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2019. Mairi brought InterPlay to Scotland, using it's art-based tools to assist others in finding their voices and sharing them in community.

InterPlay is an active, improvisational, creative approach to unlocking the wisdom of the body. As an international social movement, InterPlay is dedicated to enabling ease and balance in human relationships across cultures and between people of different generations and backgrounds. Its practitioners have found that creatively playing with serious issues in community often gets us further than simply working on them.


Movement & Dance Ritual & Ceremony Music & Sound Storytelling Writing & Literature
Spirituality Arts & Entertainment Grief Isolation & Connection Living Fully