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Cope: Designing Strategies for Thriving in our Weird World

  • MODA 1315 Peachtree Street Northeast Atlanta, GA, 30309 United States (map)

Join us on May 27 from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. to design a coping strategies kit.

Every day, everything that happens seems faster, bigger, and more extreme than what happened the day before.  And every day we’re inundated with more information, more images, and more things that we should be doing.. It’s exhausting to keep up — sometimes it’s exhausting to engage at all, even when you know that you need to.

So, how do you cope? How do you keep showing up for yourself and your friends, families, and neighbors?

We can learn a lot from healthy coping tactics used in mental health professions. Calming, shocking, breathing, grounding, journaling — all of these are tools that we can use to design our own coping strategies. At MODA, we’re inspired by the work of organizations like The Icarus Project, a support network and education project by and for people who cope with mental illness, and by local activists like Yarrow Koning, who hold community self-care workshops. In this tradition of making space as a community to take care of one another, we’re hosting a space of our own at MODA in which we’ll work together to design coping tools.

The goal of this workshop is to design a self-care kit you can use to cope with our weird world. We’ll begin our workshop by talking about how to take the first step — figuring out what you need to take care of yourself. Then we’ll pick and choose strategies to include in self care kits, assemble tools, and decorate the kits. Half informative and half exploratory, this workshop will provide a hands-on open space in which to build your unique self-care kit.

For this workshop, we’re asking for a donation of at least $10 to pay for materials. You’ll walk away with a box full of coping strategies and tools. This workshop also includes admission to the current exhibition, Designing for a Playful City.

Appropriate for ages 16+. Please reach out to the facilitator, Jess Lewis if you have questions or accessibility needs.

If you must cancel your plans, please notify us at least 7 days prior to the event start to receive a refund of the ticket cost minus a $10 processing fee per class. Refunds are not available if we are notified less than 7 days prior to the event start. Refunds are not available if you fail to notify us or attend the event. MODA reserves the right to cancel a program if registration for the event does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements. If MODA cancels a program, a full refund will be issued to all registrants.


Jessica Lewis, Public Programming Designer

Jessica joined MODA as a Public Programming Designer in June 2017 after working professionally as a user experience designer in Atlanta and completing degrees in Digital Media from GA Tech and Literature from UNCA. With on-the-ground experience running projects, conducting action research, designing experiences, and facilitating design thinking workshops with myriad stakeholders, she’s excited to bring a large participatory design toolset to MODA.