How Do We Create Balance In Times of Anxiety

A Discussion with Ann Leda Shapiro, Stephanie Barbee, Moni Tep

Thursday, October 25, 2018
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Frye Auditorium

Artist and acupuncturist Ann Leda Shapiro invites the community to participate in an interactive exchange of ideas and experiences on the topic of creating balance in times of anxiety. This two-part discussion will feature perspectives from artists, psychologists, political activists, environmentalists, tech professionals, and others.

Ann Leda Shapiro (American, b. 1947) grew up in New York City and in the 1960s migrated west to study at San Francisco Art Institute and UC Davis. During the 1970s, Shapiro taught criticism, the creative process, and the interrelationship of the arts at San Francisco State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. In the 1980s, Shapiro found herself first at the University of Arizona Tucson and later Austin, TX, where she taught painting and volunteered at an acupuncture clinic for people living with AIDS. As she became increasingly familiar with the theory of Chinese medicine she discovered it resonated deeply with the topics she broached in her paintings. She enrolled in acupuncture school, illustrated the history of Chinese medicine and became a board-certified acupuncturist in 1991. Shapiro lives and works on a small island in Puget Sound, painting about the body as landscape, publishing books on healing and the environment, and practicing acupuncture.

Stephanie Barbee, LICSW is a psychotherapist with 23 years of experience treating people with anxiety, depression and the effects of trauma. She is a certified IFS (Internal Family Systems) therapist, presenting nationally at conferences on the use of this modality to address the news of climate change. She worked in community mental health settings, including Consejo Counseling and Referral Service where many clients have been survivors of political, economic and interpersonal violence. In 1999 she fulfilled a lifelong dream of walking through the mountains from Mexico to Canada. Stephanie earned her BA in International Studies at the University of Washington, her MSW from the University of Michigan, and lived in post-war Nicaragua researching women’s participation in agricultural production under Centro de Investigación y Documentación de la Costa Atlántica.

Stephanie is a wife and mother of a teenage daughter. Currently she is obsessed and committed to climate action with a focus on transition to clean, renewable energy, policy change and harm reduction to vulnerable communities. Stephanie has a personal practice of meeting grief with poetry and putting pastel to paper to awkwardly grasp the mysteries revealed in her dreams.

Moni Tep, known in musical circles as JusMoni, is a singer and songwriter whose body of work, to-date, includes four self-produced albums, performances across the United States and Canada, and collaborations with the best and brightest emerging talent of the contemporary R&B music scene. She is as steeped in R&B, with its roots in the Black church, as she is in the traditional music and spiritual practices of her motherland Cambodia. Her songs relate narratives of motherhood, spiritual transformation, the blood’s memory, and family tradition. Moni lives and works in Seattle, WA.

Ann Leda Shapiro. Trio, 2016. Watercolor on paper. Courtesy of the artist.


Free tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis, and may be picked up at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium thirty minutes prior to the start of the program. There is no late seating, so please arrive early. As a special benefit, Frye members may reserve free tickets in advance to guarantee seating. To reserve, call 206 432 8289 or email at least two days prior to the event. Each member may reserve two tickets and may claim their tickets one hour prior to the start of the program.