Krasl Art Center (KAC) and Spectrum Health Lakeland’s Population Health Department (SHL/PH) have developed an innovative partnership. Together, the organizations are developing an Art & Wellness Pop-Up based on the Trauma Resource Institute’s Community Resilience Model (CRM) ® that will help address the behavioral health challenges faced by the community. The goal is to increase understanding of mental health, destigmatize mental illness, introduce the concept of resilience, and invite community members to participate in hands-on, arts-based activities that provide opportunities to practice and build resiliency skills. 


CRM ® is a skills-based wellness approach to stabilizing the human central nervous system, which, if left destabilized over long periods of time due to chronic stress and trauma, can lead to serious mental (and physical) health challenges. The model is designed to provide individuals and communities with:

  • A common understanding of the impacts of chronic stress and trauma
  • A common language with which to talk about the impacts of chronic stress and trauma
  • Easily accessible skills to address the impacts of chronic stress and trauma – skills that help to re-stabilize the nervous system and increase resilience.

As a result of this work, individuals and the community at large will have increased capacity to:

  • Mitigate the behavioral health effects of past trauma and chronic stress
  • Rebound in the wake of future trauma and chronic stress
  • Avoid the behavioral health effects of future trauma and chronic stress.


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  • Lynn Todman, Vice President of Health Equity at Spectrum Health – BHSH
  • Melissa Ponce-Rodas, Program Director for Trauma Informed Initiatives, SHL
  • Tami Fauver, Executive Director and Chief Curator, KAC
  • Laura Winkle, Associate Curator of Engagement, KAC
  • Emily McKenna, School & Community Programs Coordinator, KAC
  • Gene Ullery-Smith, Designer, (Traverse City, MI)
  • Sergio Gomez, Artist (Chicago)
  • Darrell Willis Humbles, Artist (Benton Harbor, MI)
  • Martina Nehrling, Artist (Chicago)
  • Jake Zapor, Artist (Bridgman, MI)

The Art & Wellness Pop-Up offers the opportunity to address real needs within the community. The power of art to strengthen and transform individuals and communities alike is well-documented; combining its strength with the expertise of Spectrum Health Lakeland’s Population Health team is an exciting partnership that truly blends two areas of expertise to affect meaningful change. ~ Tami Fauver, Executive Director & Chief Curator, KAC.

I am proud of this true collaboration. The shared visioning and decision-making by Krasl Art Center and Spectrum Health Lakeland will expose hundreds of people to the Community Resiliency Model, and provide them with skills to build their personal resilience and the resilience of their family, friends, and neighbors. ~ Lynn Todman, Executive Director for Population Health, SHL.


In preparation for this project, KAC and SHL/PL co-curated the exhibition Resiliency in KAC’s galleries October 4 – December 1, 2019. Artists that were in the exhibition: Rachel Corbin, Drawing, Nashville, TN; Alli Farkas, Painting, Dowagiac, MI; Christina E. Fontenelle, Visual Art & Dance, Chicago; John Gutoskey, Printmaking, Ann Arbor, MI; Ginnie Hsu, Illustration, Upstate New York; Olivia Hunter, Photography, New York; the monarq, Painting, Seattle,WA; Sergio Gomez, Painting, Chicago; Martina Nehrling, Painting, Chicago.