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Create to Destress, a workshop to ease stress

May 27, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Create to Destress, a workshop to ease stress
Organized by Carmela Morales
Part of WE RISE 2022

Fridays in May (May 6, 13, 20, and 27) | 5-7 pm
Virginia Avenue Park
2200 Virginia Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Create personalized embroidered canvas bags as a way to destress while learning about other ways you can help your mental wellbeing. Artist Carmela Morales will provide a workshop on Fridays during the month of May from 5-7pm in Virginia Avenue Park. These workshops will focus on personalizing a canvas bag using simplified embroidery. Carmela will teach the participants how to make a simple flower pattern and more. Each class will have a lesson for the first hour and the second hour will be an open workshop that allows for casual conversation between people. Plus, mental health professionals will join some of the sessions and speak on mental well-being. The last class will be a final celebration of the completed project.

This program is presented by 18th Street Arts Center in partnership with WE RISE 2022.


Carmela Morales creates made-to-order paper flowers, dolls, centerpieces and other handmade paper decorations, employing techniques she learned and perfected while studying as a young girl in Mexico City. By building on the tradition of Mexican handmade paper crafts, her work creates alternatives to balloons and other plastic decorations, contributing to more sustainable celebrations and events.


WE RISE 2022: BY US, FOR US is a series of community-led events that support health and healing across Los Angeles County. A collaborative impact initiative, WE RISE 2022 invests in local organizations, artists and leaders to strengthen community wellbeing. Throughout Mental Health Awareness Month in May, community partners provide access to resources and opportunities for connection through art installations, cultural experiences and other community engagement projects. As the ripple effects of the pandemic, social injustice and global pressures continue, WE RISE 2022 emphasizes positive programming that connect youth and those who love them, while amplifying our collective strength. WE RISE TOGETHER.


Virginia Avenue Park
2200 Virginia Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404 United States
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