Emerging Artist Wellness is an artist-run website, created by students from Humber College’s Arts Administration & Cultural Management post-grad program, that provides content and resources for the mental well-being of artists who are students, recent graduates, and/or beginning a career in the arts. This website includes articles and blog posts by professional artists and therapists, counseling resources targeted toward artist-related mental health issues, an online art gallery, artists’ anonymous mental health confessionals, and a space to take a mental health break that provides art exercises and activities that are meant to reduce stress. 

We turn to art for healing and expression, but what do artists deal with behind-the-scenes? Pursuing a career in the arts can be an arduous journey. The precarious nature of working as an artist, the lack of job opportunities, and the pressure to succeed can leave the artist anxious, depressed, and burnt out. Following graduation, it can be difficult to watch friends who have chosen stable careers start on a financially independent life, and even more difficult to find that you can no longer relate to them. Emerging Artist Wellness has created a space for artists to express themselves, connect with others, share their stories, and seek help. 

Meet the Team

Carlie Mitchell

Carlie is a painter, arts administrator, and avid home cook.

Her mental health tip:
My mental health tip is to carve time out of your day to spend time with your loved ones. Whether it be a visit, an outing, or a simple phone call, it always brightens my spirits if I’m feeling down or stressed out.

Erica Ragozzino

Erica is a filmmaker, arts administrator, and performing arts enthusiast.

Her mental health tip:
One way I manage my challenges related to mental health is by reaching out to someone I trust, whether it be a professional or a friend. I feel a lot of relief once I’ve talked it out. Even though it’s hard to be vulnerable sometimes, I find it’s always worth it.

Nelly Song

Nelly is a flutist, arts administrator, and animal lover.

Her mental health tip:
My mental health tip is to set aside time for self care. My self care is to go outside to hike or train with my dog, Joy! It helps me to relax and get my mind off the stresses in my life. Also, dogs always make everyone’s day better.

Ruth-Anne Yiu

Ruth-Anne is a violinist, music educator, arts administrator, and cat lover.

Her mental health tip:
My mental health tip is to schedule in worry time. This is time set aside specifically to work out my worries. If I am worrying outside of my designated worry time, I remind myself to wait until my next scheduled worry appointment. It’s difficult, but helps me realize that constantly worrying does not actually solve a problem.