He/Him/His Age: born in 1996

I grew up about 30 miles north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in a town called Slinger. I moved to Chicago in the summer of 2022. Previously I was living in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 2016 -2022. I am a student in the graduate art therapy program at SAIC and enjoy seeing the different ways people use art to communicate about their lived experiences and identities.

I felt that this project was a unique opportunity to explore what community care means to the LBGTQ+ community. Spaces that bring LGBTQ+ people together can be limited. Having a class that offers conversations around philosophy, identity, critical theories, with art making is really not something you come across everyday. I felt that this educational experience was something really important for my development as a person and as someone in the mental health professions.

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