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This blog consists of various topics and themes that are important to us at Digital Tapestries. We release a newsletter every week and the content that is sent out will also be uploaded on this page. To stay updated, please subscribe to our newsletter below. Thank you!

Responsive Approaches to Mental Health During Times of Extreme Uncertainty

Digital Tapestries understands how challenging these times of racial injustice and the pandemic have been on underrepresented communities. We are working to find ways to help those who may be struggling. Our founder, Hart Ginsburg, is currently volunteering free psychotherapy services through The Wingspan Project’s Access for All/Community Response Program. This program is working to bring services to individuals from communities of color, in particular, those historically impacted by racial injustice, police violence and brutality, recent protests, and those who have been arrested as a result of protesting. In addition they are working to help individuals whose financial circumstances have been further compromised as a result of COVID-19. 

Webinar on Maintaining Mental Health Through Nature and Art

Many people often forget or are never taught or reminded to take care of their mental health. We are increasingly aware that many people need to prioritize mental health maintenance, especially during these challenging times. Jonas Hart Ginsburg, the founder of Digital Tapestries, will facilitate a program on maintaining mental health through nature and art. Dr. Stan McCracken, a lecturer emeritus from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) will co-facilitate the program. 

Healing Through Art

At Digital Tapestries, we often use the phrase, “healing through art” because we believe that art is an important aspect of our lives, especially for our mental health. The pandemic has forced us to stay indoors and for some people, this has been a very challenging transition. It is essential that we take care of our mental health while we are apart from our friends and family. We must talk to those around us or seek professional help if necessary. Digital Tapestries is here for you.

Ocean's Romance: Relationship With Nature

Bodies of water like lakes and oceans have infinite patterns. Our film Ocean’s Romance, written and composed by Arlen Hart Ginsburg with imagery by Jonas Hart Ginsburg, shows images of Lake Michigan paired with brief melodies and tails of sustaining notes to create a flow of patterned music. 

Our Film 36 Hats Selected Into Chi-Town Multicultural Film Festival

We’re pleased to share the news that our film 36 Hats from our Purple Trilogy series has been accepted into the Chi-Town Multicultural Film Festival, an annual film festival that usually takes place at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago in November. 

Ordinary Stories - People

We'd like to introduce our new series titled Healing Through Art on our YouTube channel! In this series, you will find a collection of our original photos that capture the natural rawness of the world around us. We’ve hand-selected the images and music to give you insight into different experiences, some abstract and some mundane. 

Taking A Step Back To Reflect

Our new film Steps is the latest short film in our music and imagery section, taking on the important theme of self-reflection. We are all experiencing new forms of loss in these unusual times and it is apparent that we must give ourselves moments to grieve. Especially now, we must create spaces dedicated to acceptance and healing through the release of grief. 

Dreaming In a Time of Uncertainty

Our new film Dreams features a person on a boat as a reference to the journey that many refugees take to survive. Sometimes we find it hard to achieve our dreams as obstacles get in the way of our path to success. There is no perfect formula for achieving what we want, yet we can do small things to overcome those challenges that impose on our journey. We hope that Dreams provides you a meditative space to discover your own questions and meanings and most importantly to dream. 

Our film Roots Grow Together was featured in the Fine Arts Film Festival!

We are so excited to share the news that our short film Roots Grow Together was featured in The Fine Arts Film Festival sponsored by the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) this year! 

Evening Meditation: Learning To Surf

As the sun sets on the horizon, the end of the day might feel like a breath of fresh air after all the events that may have occurred. Meditation and mindfulness practices in the evening can be a relaxing way to finish the day and reflect on all that you may have done. Meditation and mindfulness can bring peace, serenity, and calmness to your mind. Our third mediation film is called Evening Meditation. We encourage you to wind down each day by using resources like our mediation series or taking a stroll around your neighborhood. It can be enjoyable and rewarding!

Afternoon Peace

Afternoons can bring moments of high stress. Sometimes going through a busy day can lead to mental exhaustion. As our days and weeks get busy we tend to forget to check in on our mental health. Our mental state is equally as important as our physical as it affects our well-being as a whole. It’s essential to practice and to prioritize regular mental-health maintenance. Methods such as meditation, journaling, or taking a walk outdoors are ways we can give our mental health a break and moment to relax. Our meditation series includes our film Afternoon Meditation, which can be used to help one connect with nature through pictures and soothing sounds while you pause your day for an afternoon deep breath.

Morning Meditation with Nature's Rhythyms

As the sun rises from the horizon and the birds start to chirp, our bodies begin to awake from their daily slumber. Morning Meditation is part of our meditation series. We hope this film guides you and helps you awaken your spirits for the day and connect with nature’s rhythms. Connecting to nature and finding that soothing calmness in the morning can help us go through our day with more positivity and happiness.

Changing the Pattern with Natural Beauty

and Harmony

It’s in our human nature to follow a routine or pattern as we live our lives. We wake up to the sound of our alarms, head out the door, and walk past masses of people that we don’t know as we reach our working destination. Red Latte is a collection of images, music, and voice that remind us that sometimes we can take a different path than what we are used to.

Healing Each Other - Street Echoes: Narrative Documentary

The human race is incredibly special as no two of us are the same. We all hold hidden elements that contain wisdom and thus should be shared to create a safe space among each other. Especially during our current global crisis, it is important that we can share our scars and help each other heal. Street Echoes is a narrative documentary highlighting just a few stories of those sharing their fears and bravery. 

The Beauty of Embracing Our Differences

Digital Tapestries would like to share Embrace, the latest short film of our Together series. We hope this series has brought you a sense of togetherness as we work towards a new normal. Embrace focuses on the beauty of our differences and navigates through the idea that we can be different on the inside and out while still working together as one. We can lean on each other and embrace our differences which will lead us to be a stronger unit for each other. We’ve used elements of meditation and imagery to bring you an experience we hope you can connect to. 

Presenting "Fall Leaves" In Celebration of Father's Day!

As Father’s Day approaches, Digital Tapestries is proud to share our new short film Fall Leaves. Inspired by a majestic tree where children play underneath, Digital Tapestries founder and licensed psychotherapist Hart Ginsburg found the experience quite humbling. Fall Leaves explores the concepts of unconditional love for children through the tree and vulnerability of people.

Highligths of Digital Tapestries' Films

The visual art form of film is one of our favorite ways of sharing stories. Since 2015, Digital Tapestries has been creating films to offer experiences and awareness for healing through art and to encourage empathy for stronger human connections.

 

Digital Tapestries founder and licensed psychotherapist, Hart Ginsburg, shares his journey and how he was inspired to pursue storytelling through film.

Manos (“Hands”): Collective Strength of Diversity

As our country navigates uncertain times, it is important to remember the element that connects us all: humanity. Our latest short film, Manos (“Hands”) from our Purple series, is intended to provide a space for viewers to explore aspects of diversity through mundane encounters, which represent the collective strength of diversity and togetherness when hands come together for a greater purpose.

Together Series Part II: Skies

As humans, living with a basic level of certainty that we are safe can provide us with a protective feeling of wellness. The current uncertain times--not only for us, but for our families, friends, and communities--can intensify our inner distress.

 

Digital Tapestries hopes to offer some solace with the Together Series. Founder Hart Ginsburg, a licensed psychotherapist, shared the stories that inspired the series. 

Digital Tapestries Welcomes Dr. Stan McCracken as Honorary Advisor

Dr. Stanley G. McCracken, an emeritus senior lecturer from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA), has joined Digital Tapestries as an Honorary Advisor. 


With over 40 years of experience as a clinician, Dr. McCracken has trained numerous social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Upon his retirement from teaching, SSA celebrated him as “a true example of an exemplary social worker – someone who integrates theory, science, kindness, and compassionate service.”

Togetherness To Overcome Loneliness

Many people are feeling overwhelmed these days as all of our lives have shifted so quickly and so dramatically. While we all quarantine at home, loneliness becomes more pronounced because of the lack of human interaction. National Public Radio broadcast a report on “A Social Prescription: Why Human Connection Is Crucial To Our Health” with Dr. Vivek Murthy, former U.S. Surgeon General. This interview focuses on Dr. Murthy’s book, “Together,” in which he underscores “the importance of relationships, the hazards of loneliness, and what we can do to live a more people-centered life.”

The Mental Health Crisis & the Importance of Self Care

The outbreak of the new coronavirus disease has impacted many of us physically, financially, and emotionally, and many scientists and health experts have raised concerns over the consequent rise of domestic violence and mental health issues. Some experts are now predicting a mental health crisis nationally and internationally in the wake of the pandemic, and health agencies have started to address this possibility. 

Let Us Be Mindful of The Power of Nature

Our public parks are just now enjoying trees budding with green leaves and the flowers of spring, but some of them are still closed for social distancing, which has become the major effective tool that we have right now to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. However, even with the stay-at-home order in effect, spending time outdoors remains a necessity.

The Discomfort We’re Feeling Is Grief

As many of our schedules, life-styles and routines have changed dramatically during the COVID-19 crisis, our emotional well-being is inevitably impacted as well. Emotions like anxiety, fear, and sadness may all come to mind but what about the feeling of grief? David Kessler is a leading expert on grief and loss who has published pieces on the topic and is the founder of www.grief.com.

Youth And Families

According to a number of experts, the experience of being quarantined in our households due to the COVID-19 pandemic poses a risk to some children. Rising unemployment and financial insecurity can create a heightened risk of violence, domestic violence or child abuse within families. At the same time, even families with fewer stressors can be experiencing challenges, and children whose lives have been disrupted may be experiencing anxiety and depression.

Together, There Will Be Another Day

With the unprecedented crisis we’re facing now, many people might be feeling that time stands still. Many are missing family and friends. Many may miss being in nature. Digital Tapestries would like to share our film, Tides of Sunrise, which showcases the deep, yet ephemeral emotions we experience throughout our lifetime. 

Finding Innocence In A Chaotic World

As the coronavirus pandemic is now intensifying across the U.S. and the stay-home order has been extended in some states including Illinois, many of us are overwhelmed by strong emotions of fear, uncertainty, sadness, anxiety, and isolation. Digital Tapestries would like to share our latest film, Flower Petals, in hopes of offering comfort and hope for our future where we can be physically connected again soon. Through this film, you’d be traveling to a world in which children’s innocence touches our hearts and their laughter encourages us to realize that we can’t give up now. 

Physically Distant Yet We are Still Connected

In light of the COVID-19 crisis the world is facing today, people’s anxiety is at an all-time high. Digital Tapestries would like to share our work hoping that they’ll be useful to everyone in this extremely difficult time. Founded by Hart Ginsburg, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), our mission is to create compelling digital media and curate visual-arts experiences in hopes of nourishing and healing people’s mental and emotional state. 

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