p r o j e c t s & e v e n t s
Workshop: Hebrew Home, New York
Workshop: New York Presbyterian Hospital
Installation: Corporate, New York
Joan Wesley Usher is a multi-disciplinary artist and licensed mental health professional based in New York. She is also a graduate student at Columbia University in the program for Narrative Medicine.
Over the last decade Ms. Usher has integrated various forms of the expressive arts into her clinical practice, while also producing commissioned artwork for healthcare and professional spaces. Related past projects include New York art exhibitions of solo and group works by artists recovering from mental illness.
Ms. Usher's most recent clinical work explores the developent of symbolic language and story telling in the group setting and the use of Narrative Medicine principles in clinical interventions. She is also presently developing a multi-media project that explores the impact of technology on narrative and the understanding of the self.
Before moving to New York, Ms. Usher spent fifteen years in educational and professional theatre, working as both an actor and independent producer. Her freelance projects centered around classic literature and were often collaborative ventures with nonprofit, religious or educational organizations.