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Feeling Lonely? You’re Not Alone.

The holiday season can feel isolating, even when surrounded by family and friends.  This year, as the toll of the pandemic is becoming clearer, we face a profound sense of loss– of routine, ritual, and loved ones– as well as grief both individually and collectively. The way through is with the recognition of these difficult feelings. Authentic connection with yourself and others helps pave the path. 

Engaging in the arts can help to support mental and physical health, and this year, we invite you to tap into your creativity as a way to connect with yourself and others.  On this page, you’ll find inspiration: creative activities that you can try on your own or send to someone else who you’re thinking about this season, and  films from our UnLonely Film Festival to watch, discuss, and share.

Get Inspired to Create!

At The Foundation for Art & Healing, we believe that the simple act of making, sharing, or receiving something creative benefits both mental and physical health. There’s a growing body of scientific evidence that suggests that creative arts expression is a powerful tool in reducing emotional isolation for everyone involved. Help someone feel more connected, more whole, and more at peace during the holidays by sharing some creative piece of yourself through one or all of the activities here!

UnLonely Holiday Playlist

Follow the instructions below to create your own playlist, or add to our community-curated playlist on Spotify! (Please make sure your submission is suitable for ALL AUDIENCES)

Winter Window Collage

We can’t wait to see what you create! Take a photo and share with us on social media, @beunlonely on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Add your pin on Pinterest HERE!

You’re Invited! Make The Holidays UnLonely With Us

Join us for a special free virtual event on December 6th, from 1pm-2pm ET. We’ll gather to reflect on the season, get creative together, and learn about how we can all make the holidays a bit brighter for ourselves and others. Click the button below to learn more!

Watch & Share UnLonely Films

Film can be a powerful tool to understand our emotions, learn about important issues, and connect with others. Our UnLonely Film Festival is a collection of short films that explore loneliness and connection through a variety of perspectives. Here, we’ve hand-picked three films for you to watch, share, and enjoy! Join a community discussion in the comment section, below.

A late-night encounter on a New York City street leads to a profound connection between a teen-in-need and a DeafBlind man.

After spending 13 years imprisoned, Maryam Henderson-Uloho has now dedicated her life to helping other women.

This film is a gift to a grieving father, and a message to all to cherish every second you have with the ones you love while you can.

Join The Discussion

What about these films did you find interesting, timely, or compelling? Was there anything in the films that you related to personally? Anything that inspired you? Share your thoughts on what you watched and how it made you feel, here!


  1. Anonymous

    all the films are strong with connections

  2. Anonymous

    feeling through is so powerful. It reminds me that we can find inspiration in unexpected places


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