Unique Union, Inc. is 501(c)3 organization incorporated in September 2019 making applied art, urban culture, mental wellness, and creative community accessible in Ward 7 Southeast Washington, DC and all over the U.S.
We are working to facilitate local connections through guided art-as-therapy practices in a trauma-informed, group setting, to ultimately provide a creative, inclusive, and therapeutic environment for our inner city community. We also seek to train community members in Mental Health First Aid to keep everyone informed on solutions to common challenges and to reduce stigma behind seeking mental wellness.
We are a collective made of artistic individuals like you, on a journey to maintain emotional well-being through crafting. We have different programs geared to Creatives at age 9 years and up! At Unique Union, Inc., we have always believed that self-care is a positive habit and we use DIY projects in our creative community as a way to "put in the work" that is needed to maintain our emotional well-being. Our Workshops are held in the Marshall Heights community of Ward 7 SE, Washington, DC-- an area with a rich local history, at the Capitol View Neighborhood Library. This DC Public Library is only steps away from Benning Road Metrorail Station.
No. Right now, our Craft Workshops only use art-as-therapy techniques in a group setting.
Art-as-therapy has benefits that are purely driven by the act of creative expression while engaging in a relaxing activity. This is similar to watching a movie, taking a walk or reading a book. The act itself is therapeutic in that it transports us away from our daily stresses. During the activity, we may experience emotional expression, understanding of ourselves, and moments of personal insight into problems.
Art therapy has the same benefits, however, as the art activity is made in a session with a therapist, you are able to be guided on how to process these unexpected emotions and insights. An art therapist can help facilitate the process of identifying and processing difficult emotions that arise from an art making activity. An art therapist can also provide art directives that can help explore difficulties we are experiencing.
We are offering our dynamic, constantly evolving, and monthly-themed #SelfCareSunday Craft Workshop as our in-person flagship program to encourage a healthy mental relationship with self expression and visual art in a safe and conscious environment. No experience is needed and all supplies/tools are provided. Click here to learn more!
Join us as we offer Adult Mental Health First Aid USA, an 8-hour, virtual training certification program created by the National Council of Mental Wellbeing, that teaches members of the public how to help a person over the age of 18 who may be developing a mental health problem (including a substance use problem), experiencing increased symptoms of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Click here to find out more about this innovative program.
Our 2023 Young #SelfCare in the Summer Program activities have been selected across the following themes: art education, arts and crafts, botany, wellness and music. Programming starts on June 27th. 100% of all proceeds from our Branded Merchandise go toward supporting this upcoming Youth Summer Camp Program, geared to 9 - 15 year old Creatives, looking to maintain their mental wellness through culturally appropriate craft-making and visual art. More details are coming soon.
There are so many ways to get involved in our Arts and wellness organization! You can click the links below, as we are accepting:
Board members, click here to find out more.
Tax-deductible donations (in-kind art supplies or monetary), click here to find out more.
Volunteers (aged 21 years and older), click here to find out more.
Email us at email@example.com to inquire about partnering with us. You can also ask about Private Group Mental Health First Aid Trainings or Craft Workshops for your community.
Unique Union, Inc.'s IRS EIN # is 84-2722226.
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Victim Connect Resource Center
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Resources from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America
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700 Pennsylvania Ave SE, 2nd Floor, Washington DC, 20003
Unique Union, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Unique Union, Inc. are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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