Public Programs

BAM Spring Breakfast: The Intersection of Art + Wellbeing

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2024:
  • 8:00 - 10:00 AM
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  • Add to calendar 2024-03-26 08:00:00 2024-03-26 10:00:00 America/Los_Angeles BAM Spring Breakfast: The Intersection of Art + Wellbeing Bellevue Arts Museum BAM

Join us for our BAM Spring Breakfast!

The Intersection of Art + Wellbeing

The Impact of Art on the Human Psyche


The Spring Breakfast will explore recent practices in neuroscience that evidence what many of us already know: art and aesthetics have a powerful impact on physical and mental wellbeing.  We are very aware art has the potential to inspire and educate, but did you know it also has the power to heal?  Furthermore, research suggests art experiences, like visiting a museum or attending a musical performance increases life expectancy by years.  Not only that, it enhances the quality of life.  Come join us as we explore the many reasons behind this and the budding discipline of neuroaesthetics!


Event Details


7:45 am Doors Open | Registration, networking, coffee & breakfast buffet

8:20 am Welcome | Jay Pathy, BAM Board of Trustees President

8:25 am Support for BAM | Kate Casprowiak Scher, BAM Executive Director

8:30 am    Program Introduction | Beth Halvorsen, BAM Board of Trustees

8:40 am    Program | The Intersection of Art + Wellbeing

9:10 am    Questions

9:25 am    Closing Remarks | Kate Casprowiak Scher

9:30 am    Exhibition Tours | Highlights of current exhibitions by BAM Docents


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Bellevue Arts Museum

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Beth Halvorsen, CRE Executive and Business Strategy Consultant

Beth Halvorsen is an accomplished CRE Executive and Leader with over 30 years of diversified experience spanning both the East and West coasts. As a Business Strategy Consultant, she specializes in commercial real estate strategic planning, outsourcing portfolio management and advisory, team alignment, leadership coaching and team facilitation. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Bellevue Arts Museum, and as Emeritus Board Member for Bellevue LifeSpring. Beth was named to the Puget Sound Business Journals' Power 100 Most Influential in both 2020 and 2021, and the PSBJ Women Who Lead. She is also known as the former “Got A Minute?” columnist in Seattle Business Magazine.



Amie Wicklund, Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist, UW Medical Center

Amie Wicklund received her Interdisciplinary Visual Arts undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and graduated from Antioch University Seattle with a dual masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy. 

Amie has extensive expertise with working with pregnant and parenting people with substance use disorders including opiate use disorder. Providing family therapy and parenting skills to those working with CPS and receiving medically assisted therapy. She has worked as an Art Therapist at the University of Washington Medical Center providing art therapy to patients, families, and staff. Facilitating creative expression and processing to a variety of populations from oncology/hematology, antepartum, NICU families, and heart, liver and lung transplants patients and families. Amie also has worked with Spiritual Care and Care4U to support staff during difficult times and in reaction to being a healthcare provider during the pandemic.  

Amie continues to work at University of Washington Medical Center as a Behavioral Health Interventional Specialist promoting the shift in culture of behavioral health needs to a more trauma informed way of care. She works with patients and their care teams to develop behavioral care plans, focusing on how staff can engage patients from a trauma informed lenes and interventions that are focused on safety planning, and building trust with our patients. Amie also holds time to provide staff with Art Therapy group processing of meaning making and to create a culture of gratitude through card making.   

Amie was initially drawn to art therapy due to her love of art and photography. Black and white photography was the catalyst to creative expression. Amie was diagnosed with dyslexia in elementary school and has faced learning challenges which evoked feelings of shame and self-doubt. When Amie found photography, it gave her an alternative outlet that did not require written or spoken words, but a view through her eyes that all could see and understand. Amie continues to provide care with an intention and belief that everyone deserves, no matter the circumstance, a moment of reprieve.  


Karen Neuhard, Art Program Manager, UW Medical Center

Karen Neuhard, MS. Ed. is the Art Program Manager and Curator for the University of Washington Medical Center’s Art Program, overseeing the Contemporary NW Fine Art Collection and International Textile Collection at both the Montlake and Northwest campuses. Passionate about making art accessible and approachable for all who enter UWMC, she has assembled permanent and temporary art installations to create a welcoming and inspiring environment, making creative experiences an integral part of the healing environment.

As Art Collection Curator, Karen has expanded UWMC’s reach. She has collaborated with UW Campus art professors and their classes to build understanding of the public art process and the uniqueness of a hospital art collection, in addition to working with the School of Medicine and 1st year Residents as part of a class discussing the role of art in hospitals, its impact on healing and healthcare, and developing skills to enhance patient care. The medical center’s two gallery spaces host multiple temporary art exhibitions annually, highlighting staff and community art groups, creating a strong community connection.

Karen also managed the Arts in Healing program for 20 years, which provided art therapy and music therapy experiences to patients through bedside visits and art groups. She created the annual Valentine’s Day Card Making Event where UWMC and UW staff came together to create Valentine’s Day cards which were delivered to every in-patient on Valetine’s Day. She also co-founded Musicians at the Med, bringing music performances to UWMC’s public spaces.


Rosalie Frankel, Art Therapist, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Rosalie Frankel is an art therapist and mixed-media artist. She earned her BA with honors in Aesthetic Studies: Theory and Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her Master's Degree in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University. She is a board certified Art Therapist and was a licensed MFCC. 

Rosalie has been working as an art therapist with diverse populations for over 40 years. She was the founding Art Therapist at a day program for neurodiverse and differently-abled adults where she served as Director for 9 years. She established the Art Therapy program at Kline Galland home and at Seattle Children’s Hospital. For 20 years at Seattle Children’s, she provided Art Therapy to children hospitalized for both medical needs and mental health challenges. She grew the Art Therapy program to its current size of four Art Therapists. 

She has been a long-time consultant with ART With Heart and co-authored their publication, “Draw it Out,” an interactive and therapeutic activity book written for children dealing with the pain of loss.

During these many years of clinical practice, Rosalie has also maintained her own studio practice, exploring various media with an emphasis on fiber arts. Art has been an essential core of her life both professionally and personally. 

Rosalie has traveled and lived internationally. For the past 30 years, Rosalie has enjoyed living in the Pacific Northwest. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for ABLE Arts Works headquartered in Long Beach, California.


Event Support

Bellevue Arts Museum is generously supported by its donors and members.

Thank you to our generous Event Sponsors: CAG Partners, Allison Worldwide, Beacon Attorneys, Anne & Lee Kilcup, Rebecca A. Lyman, MG2, Kate Casprowiak Scher & Matthew Scher, Sumathy Pathy, MD & Family Medicine Center, GLY Construction, Green Sprouts Food, Beth Halvorsen, James Miller | McKinstry, Anna Olson, Parker, Smith & Feek Inc., UW Medicine, and Darlene Wilczynski.