ArtWorks! to host 'Arts with a Purpose' event

DULUTH -- Art can be used to evoke emotions, brighten someone's day and inspire fellow artists and viewers, but did you realize that it could be used for good? For healing? To build human understanding?

On Saturday, ArtWorks! Gwinnett hosts a free workshop titled "Arts with a Purpose" at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce building from 10 a.m. to noon. During the event, attendees will listen to three panelists, join in a Q-and-A session and watch a demonstration by dancers from Advocate Arts.

"(The event is) about how the arts can be great partners when it comes to social causes and community partnerships," said Sally Corbett, executive director of ArtWorks!.

The panelists are Rebecca Des Marais, arts and cultural enrichment director at Youth Arts Connection of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta, Rachel May, founder and producing artistic director at Synchronicity Theatre, Leigh McIntosch of Creative Enterprises Inc., and Ryan Brown, executive director of Advocate Arts.

The event's moderator is Debi West, an art teacher at North Gwinnett High School, who is currently completing a dissertation on "Arts with a Purpose" at the University of Georgia.

After the panel, dancers from Advocate Arts will give a performance. Advocate Arts is a Gwinnett-based dance education organization that reaches out to youth who have survived sex trafficking and abuse that encourages healing through dance, art therapy and traditional forms of counseling.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged. RSVP with subject "Purpose" to artworksgwinnett@gmail.com.