You Are Not Alone: Creative Expression and Mental Health During the Pandemic

SP-SPACES - shannon percoco.jpg

painting with red and gold flowers over a background that is gradations of blue. Stenciled in large letters is "TAKE UP SPACE", paint drips in places from the flowers like tears running down the painting
Shannon Percoco, Take Up Space, 2020. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist © Shannon Percoco

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Painting with decorative dark blue stenciled designs over a pale blue background. In the center of the painting is a large, red, human heart, with arteries stretching to the edges, like tendrils. OK is stenciled large in the center, NOT is small at top.
Shannon Percoco, OK (not ok), 2020. Acrylic on wood panel. Courtesy of the artist © Shannon Percoco
Jun 17, 2021 - 6:30-7:30 pm
Virtual Event
Co-sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Champaign chapter and Krannert Art Museum. Pandemics as a Portal to Change is co-sponsored by Krannert Art Museum, the Museum of the Grand Prairie, The Urbana Free Library, Urbana Arts and Culture Program, the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois, and Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center and supported in part by Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Join us for a conversation with educators, authors, and local artists, including two exhibiting artists in Pandemics as a Portal to Change, as they share their artwork and discuss the role mental health plays in their work.

Krannert Art Museum in collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI, Champaign chapter) welcomes you to a virtual panel discussion on art and mental health.

This panel discussion will be moderated by Teklii DeyKoontz, Interim Executive Director & Communications Chair, NAMI Champaign chapter, and Kamila Glowacki, KAM Interim Manager of Education.

Participating are artists Elijah Griffin, Cassandra Peak, and Shannon Percoco, and author Shirley J. Davis, who writes about mental illness and mental health.


Registration and Event Broadcast

Registration is not required for this event, which will take place via Zoom and will be broadcast live via Facebook. | Join the Facebook Event

The event will be recorded and made available via YouTube and the KAM website.



Krannert Art Museum endeavors to be accessible to all. This virtual event will be in English and closed captioned on Facebook and YouTube. If you have questions or would like to request an accessibility accommodation, please email