Imagine Wellness: Connecting Around Mental Health and Creativity

Presented by Minnesota Public Radio and Minneapolis Institute of Art

Join us for a day-long gathering of artists, health professionals, and community members as we explore the relationship between mental health and creativity. Enjoy live recordings of three radio and podcast shows in Mia’s Pillsbury Auditorium and Villa Rosa room, or participate in breakout activities. Connect with fellow attendees through gallery tours, art-making, and a meal to continue the conversations.

Tickets are $50 ($40 for Mia & MPR members) and can be purchased online or by calling 612-870-3000.*

Please note: A ticket purchase does not guarantee access to a seat in the Pillsbury Auditorium. Overflow seating will be available in Villa Rosa. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the program(s) you are most interested in attending in order to ensure auditorium seating. 

1:00 p.m. Doors open

2:00 p.m. The OK Show, hosted by Andrea Swensson of 89.3 The Current. With guest P.O.S. (of Doomtree)

3:00 p.m. Gallery tours and art-making activities

4:30 p.m. MPR News, hosted by Tom Weber. With guests Caren Zucker and John Donvan, authors of In A Different Key, A Story of Autism

5:30 p.m. Shared meal & art-making activities

7:00 p.m. The Hilarious World of Depression, hosted by John Moe. With guests Sims (of Doomtree) and Dana Gould

This activity is supported by:

The Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

HealthPartners and—a campaign to start conversations about mental illness and stop the stigma.

*Seating within the Pillsbury Auditorium will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Overflow seating will be provided in the Villa Rosa room.

About The Hilarious World of Depression with John Moe

The Hilarious World of Depression tries to understand the mysterious connection between comedy and despair by sharing the struggles and triumphs of the people who make us laugh. In this podcast series, to be launched later this year, host John Moe will interview some of the top names in comedy who also have intimate knowledge of the disease of clinical depression. The show is for anyone who has dealt with clinical depression, anyone who loves someone who has dealt with it, and comedy fans in general.

About John Moe

John Moe is the author of three books: Dear Luke, We Need To Talk, Darth; The Deleted Emails Of Hillary Clinton; and Conservatize Me. His writing has appeared in numerous humor anthologies as well as The New York Times Magazine, The Seattle Times, MSN, and many more publications. He has hosted nationally distributed public radio programs such as Wits, Weekend America, and Marketplace Tech Report and his radio work has been featured on All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Locally, he can be heard on MPR News and The Current. He lives in St Paul.

About Tom Weber

Tom Weber is host of MPR News with Tom Weber, which is heard weekdays at 11am. The show focuses on all things Minnesota, from the latest headlines to the long-standing issues that define the state, to the quirky people who make this an interesting place to live. Tom joined MPR News in January 2008, serving as a general assignment reporter and as an award-winning education reporter before joining the newly created weekday news talk show The Daily Circuit as a co-host in 2012. He became host of MPR News with Tom Weber in late 2014. Weber also hosts several MPR news live events, including the Broadcast Journalist Series at the University of St. Thomas. Before moving to Minnesota, the Chicago native was a morning news anchor and reporter for KWMU St. Louis Public Radio for more than five years. He is the author of the travel book 100 Things to do in the Twin Cities Before You Die.

About The OK Show

The OK Show is a podcast created by The Local Show host Andrea Swensson. Each episode, Swensson interviews a local musician about their approach to wellness.

About P.O.S.

P.O.S built his reputation as an innovator, with an unlikely punk rock past and expressive, honest content. He re-earns the accolades with every release. He manages to capture his charisma on his records; they’re driving and sincere, the dark moments counterbalanced by some giggling banter with the engineer.

About Sims

Restless and passionate but with an unflinching realism at his core, Sims has seen enough of life to know there are no easy answers. His second full-length release, Bad Time Zoo, out February 15th on Doomtree Records, reflects this rapper’s ongoing quest for solid understanding in a society on the brink of dystopia. For Sims, it’s been a long road.

About Dana Gould 

Dana Gould is an American stand-up comedian and comedy writer who has been featured on HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central. He is known for portraying Gex the gecko. He is the host of the podcast The Dana Gould Hour.

About Caren Zucker

Caren Zucker is a Peabody award-winning television news producer, a twenty-five-year veteran of ABC News, and producer and co-writer of the six-part PBS series “Autism Now.”

About John Donvan

John Donvan is a multiple Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC and the moderator of the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate series.