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CoArts champions women in recovery healing through the power of the arts 

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The Ohio Valley Center for Collaborative Arts  at Ohio University, or CoArts, is a relatively new center and it’s been busy.

Of its many endeavors, one is to support programs that serve the healing of those living in the Appalachian Ohio region and beyond by bringing art into the healthcare space. A program like this was carried out at Serenity Grove Women's Recovery House a home in the region for women in recovery from addiction.

Talking Studio gathered the CoArts staff and two artists who worked with the women to learn about the program. What emerged is this episode titled, “Embracing monsters.” It unpacks how the transformative power of the arts informs the intense—and often painful—process of healing.

This episode features CoArts’ Angela Sprunger and OHIO College of Fine Arts faculty and artists Lindsey Martin and Jessica Fletcher.

The original song, “Soar,” was written by the women at Serenity Grove and performed by Jessica Fletcher.   

Listen to “Embracing monsters.” 
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