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  • Kristina Han
  • March 28, 2017

Painted Brain at USC’s APGSA

This past week, the Painted Brain (PB) joined USC’s Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (OT) in an art workshop hosted by Asian Pacific Graduate Student Association (APGSA) for students pursuing to become healthcare professionals. Anna Yena Kim, an OT intern at the PB, introduced the art of Suminagashi, a Japanese marbling technique. The group grew quickly engaged and enticed by this free flowing, cathartic form of art. Although it seems to be a simple technique, requiring only droplets of paint and breath onto water, the resulting piece can range from simple to highly complex variants of pattern, ripple, and shape. Regardless, it was evident that every participant had an enjoyable experience while experimenting and expressing through this relaxing form of art.

During the workshop, David Israelian, PB’s Cofounder and CTO, shared with the group about PB’s current ventures including Painted Brain Korea and Honest Enterprise. Painted Brain Korea is an international relation, public policy, and advocacy program. The partnership between USC’s Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Painted Brain started back in 2012 and has since then grown in influence with OT educational institutions in South Korea. The mission with PB Korea is to develop an OT doctoral residency program, first reflecting the cultural needs of OT in Korea and then implementing the PB OT model. There are many common grounds on how mental health services play out in the US and Korea. PB’s Alice Jung and David Israelian recently were invited to the AAPI White House Summit and spoke on behalf of mental health services in the Asian and faith-based communities. This opportunity to discuss the issues is an exciting step towards making differences and providing support in these communities.

The Honest Enterprise is a clothing consignment enterprise that utilizes a donation-based system to collect and restore highly resalable items with the purpose of creating jobs for the Painted Brain contributors. It is currently undergoing the first stages of development during which clothing donations are actively being collected. Once substantial donations are received, photos will be taken and progress will be publicized through PB’s social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The first Pop-Up Sale is expected Summer of 2017.

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