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Visual Art ,
submitted by
Tami Miller

CFA: Pop-Up Art & Wellness Center


Spectrum Health Lakeland’s (SHL) Population Health (PH) Department has developed an innovative partnership with Krasl Art Center (KAC) in Southwest Michigan. KAC is a regional art center, accredited art museum, and public arts advocate. KAC’s mission is to inspire meaningful change and strengthen community through art. This collaboration reflects the merging of PH/SHL’s expertise in health and wellness education, and KAC’s expertise in using the arts to improve community. Together, the organizations plan to execute an artist-guided Pop-Up Art and Wellness Center that is based on the Community Resilience Model (CRM) ® that will help address the behavioral health challenges faced by the community.

CRM ® is a skills-based wellness approach to stabilizing the human central nervous system, which, if left destabilized over long periods of time due to chronic stress and trauma, can lead to serious mental (and physical) health challenges. The model is designed to provide individuals and communities with: (i) a common understanding of the impacts of chronic stress and trauma; (ii) a common language with which to talk about the impacts of chronic stress and trauma; and (iii) easily accessible skills to address the impacts of chronic stress and trauma – skills that help to re-stabilize the nervous system and increase resilience. As a result of this work, individuals and the community at large will have increased capacity to: (i) mitigate the behavioral health effects of past trauma and chronic stress, (ii) rebound in the wake of future trauma and chronic stress, and (iii) avoid the behavioral health effects of future trauma and chronic stress.

The Pop-Up Art and Wellness Center (Pop-Up) will serve as an educational, skills-building and participatory experience that conveys (CRM) ® - based skills for building individual and community resilience. The Pop-Up will help increase understanding of mental health, destigmatize mental illness, introduce the concept of resilience, and invite community members to participate in hands-on, arts-based activities that provide them with opportunities to practice and build resiliency skills. The Pop-Up will be piloted in the summer of 2020 at the St. Joseph and Benton Harbor public libraries -- places that are informal and easily accessible by young children, adolescent and seniors. Successful implementation of this project will increase resiliency knowledge, skills and the emotional well-being of those who engage with the Pop-Up. Target populations include a diversity of age and ethnicity and life experiences.


The Artist provides visual and creative direction for the Pop-Up Art & Wellness Center project. As part of the process, the Artist provides critical input in the conceptualization, design and fabrication of the Pop-Up, including its interactive components (possible examples: listening stations, drawing boards, etc.). The Artists creatively blends the wellness goals of the project into a visual brand, working with the curator, designer and fabricators to develop the Pop-Up’s physical design. The Artist presents a concept-proposal to the Partnership Team, makes revisions based on feedback and submits the concept for design and fabrication. Considerations of maintenance and functionality must be integrated in the approach. As part of the project undertaking, the Artist is expected to complete the Community Resiliency Model (CRM) ® training onsite in Southwest Michigan or remotely.

Critical Elements:

  • Artist led
  • Interactive
  • Educational
  • Visually Appealing


Feb 12 Artist Invited

Feb 17 Artist Publicly Announced

Feb/Mar CRM Training for Artist

Mar 9-13 Schedule Project Mtg

Mar 30-Apr 3 Review Concepts

Apr 20-24 Finalize Concepts

May 4 Fabrication Begins

Jun 1 Fabrication 90%

June 19 Pop-Up Onsite at Community Location

July Partner Feedback & Modifications as Needed

Aug-Sept Continued Site Placement(s)


Artist Fee $3,000

Design & Fabrication $10,000


Email a brief statement (500 words or less) describing why this project is of interest to you and why you are an excellent candidate to provide visual and creative direction. Provide links to previous projects and a curriculum vitae. Additional information accepted as makes sense.

Application Contact: Statements and links may be emailed to Tami Miller, Deputy Director & Curator for Krasl Art Center, at No phone calls please.

Application Deadline: February 6, 2020

The project artist will be announced by February 17.

Krasl Art Center

St Joseph / Benton Harbor, MI

Deadline: 02.05.2020
Name: Tami Miller, Deputy Director & Curator
Address: 707 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph MI 49085
Phone: 269-983-0271 ext 120