Springfield College Art Education major and Art Therapy minor Pamela Marino had her submitted artwork accepted by the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention's (MCSP) statewide suicide prevention initiative.
“What makes this so special is not only did I have to submit artwork, but I also had to submit a written description of the work that was being submitted,” said Marino, who is also the president of the Springfield College Art Club. “I wanted to make a piece that anyone viewing the art could take away a good feeling. I wanted the main woman in my art to be more of a mirror for the viewer rather than a character. It was really just a wonderful experience to make this artwork and have it recognized at the state level.”
Since 1999, the MCSP has been working to bring about awareness and mobilize community action in response to the public health crisis of suicide in the Commonwealth. The MCSP seeks to serve as a bridge between those on the front lines of suicide prevention and local communities seeking to make their communities safe and healthy.
“Overall, this is very special to be a part of this initiative because there are so many exciting pieces of art that will be unveiled, including some music pieces as well,” added Marino. “The unveiling with feature important art pieces from throughout the entire state of Massachusetts.”
All of the artwork for the campaign is set to release virtually in September on MassPreventsSuicide.org. Marino’s submitted artwork is entitled "Your Words Can't Tear Me Down."
“I am so pleased Pam’s artwork was recognized by the MCSP because the art has such healing powers, and more than ever we need to look out for everyone’s mental health,” said Springfield College Assistant Professor of Art Therapy Mary Ellen Hluska.
Springfield College is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Approximately 4,100 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students, study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its regional campuses across the country. Springfield College inspires students through the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy – educating in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.