Building Empathy Through the Arts: Becoming the Vessel Workshop

11 - 13 Jan 2019
Various Locations


Participants in a creative workshop for people living with dementia and their care partners led by artist Teya Sepinuck. Photo by Raymond W. Holman, Jr.

Created in collaboration with Theater of Witness founder and director Teya Sepinuck and ARTZ Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University’s Building Empathy Through the Arts joins artists, medical students, and people living with dementia and their caregivers in a creative process of empathy-building, storytelling, and healing. In conjunction with the project, Sepinuck will lead an intensive 16-hour experiential workshop with a focus on strengthening and expanding participants’ ability to bear witness and work creatively with stories of suffering and transformation. Participants will practice deep listening and create short autobiographical stories, working closely in creative partnerships.

This event is open to the public; space is limited.

  • January 11, 7–9 p.m., location TBD
  • January 12, 9:30–5 p.m., location TBD
  • January 13, 9:30–5 p.m., location TBD