LAB presents "How We Create and How We Cope" on Friday, February 10, 6:30-8:30pm at QCA. Queens native, poet, and curator Audrey Dimola hosts a panel and performance designed to create a safe space and foster honest dialogue about the often stigmatized topic of mental illness, particularly in connection to the creative experience. While their brilliant work lives on, throughout the history of art and culture, many legendary artists grappled with mental illness yet it becomes a passing line in their bio or a tragic footnote.

In the present day, an increasing number of people of all ages are struggling in similar fashion, frequently in silence and shame, for fear of judgment and unanswered questions. How much of how we suffer makes us who we are and results in the art we create? How much of these feelings are the natural experience of the artist and when is it time to seek help? What do those forms of help look like?

A variety of local featured artists will present their stories, poetry, music, visual art, and more. In addition audience members are encouraged to participate in facilitated discussion, a Q&A, and sharing of resources/experiences on these topics. 

Friday, February 10, 6:30-8:30pm

Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Ave, Entrance on 37th St
Astoria, NY 11101


Audrey Dimola

Audrey Dimola

Queens native Audrey Dimola is a poet, performer, curator, connector, and lifelong artist. She also manages Public Programs at her beloved Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. Audrey is the author of two poetry & prose collections, “Decisions We Make While We Dream” (2012) and “TRAVERSALS” (2014), and is creator of the Compass Project, a guerrilla poetry sticker initiative that has traveled across the globe spreading positivity. A crusader for culture in her hometown borough since her college years, Audrey has been widely recognized for her work in its artistic and literary communities including organizing and hosting the first ever Queens Literary Town Hall at Queens Council on the Arts. She has been featured on NY1 TV, Queens Public TV, and in many local publications/media, has independently curated shows for LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and Queens Museum, and performed at venues around NYC including Bowery Poetry Club, Flushing Town Hall, Brooklyn Museum, and the NYC Poetry Festival. She can usually be found: writing on everything, riding her bike, climbing trees, pushing the edges of reality… And of course, stoking the flames. audreydimola.com