Natalie Serber, Marylhurst UniversityNatalie Serber, English faculty, will read from her memoir at Legacy Cancer Institute’s Healing Through the Arts on Oct. 6, 2016.

Natalie Serber has been making regular appearances at such events, including a recent appearance as a featured speaker at the 2016 Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative at Oregon Health & Science University in September.

This Healing Through the Arts event, to coincide with First Thursday on October 6, celebrates life through art with breast cancer survivors. Serber will read from her memoir, Community Chest. Fellow breast cancer survivor Dawn Nielson will share her visual art in an exhibit. Both women will share their personal experiences of healing through visual arts and writing.

Natalie Serber - Community ChestThe event will be held at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center (1015 NW 22nd Ave., Portland) in the Lower Level Lobby of Building 3, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Serber’s reading begins at 6 p.m., and a conversation with the artists follows at 6:30 p.m.

One of the Legacy Cancer Healing Center’s many offerings includes art therapy, which help cancer patients manage the emotional and psychological effects that can result from a cancer diagnosis. The National Institutes of Health has conducted in-depth research into effects art therapy has on cancer patients and found it significantly reduces anxiety, depression, and pain and improves the quality of life for patients. Marylhurst University has long recognized the value of art therapy, educating the region’s art therapists since 1986 through its master’s degree in art therapy counseling.

Natalie Serber teaches fiction and personal essay in the English literature and writing program at Marylhurst University. She is the author of the story collection, Shout Her Lovely Name, a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, a summer reading selection from O, the Oprah Magazine, and an Oregonian Top 10 Book of the Pacific Northwest.