Our Artists:

Marisa Vicere

Nancy Vicere

Chris Bittner

Mel Lesher

a Stomper created by artists throughout our community


Created by artists of all ages, with the support of Marisa Vicere

Born: April 30, 2018

 ​“Creating is a great way to learn about yourself, your friends and your family...reaching out to others by creating and exploring art is also a great stress buster!” - Stomper Participant

Art is a powerful medium for the expression of thoughts and ideas. It has a way of inspiring us, uniting us, and reminding us that we are not alone on our journeys. 

This stomper, named “Play,” has a simple message to spread: Make time to try new things, create, and connect with those around us. Art, music, poetry, and other forms of creative expression can speak to our own inner voice and be lifelong sources of resilience, self-confidence and happiness.

- “Play” was created by artists of all ages who live or go to school in Centre County. This Stomper was made possible due to the generous support of the Julian Woods Community and friends of John Mangan.



Artists throughout our community came together to discuss the importance of mental wellness and to engage with one in other through the use of art. Each piece of this Stomper tells a story of a brave individual. 

The pictures to the left provide a look at some of the amazing pieces that were created during the Stomper process.

Stomper Play and it's story was unveiled on May 1, 2018 during an exhibit at the State College Municipal Building designed to spark conversations about mental wellness for Mental Health Awareness Month (May).

  • How do you feel art and creative expression can be used to educate and inspire change?
    • ​"It speaks to our own inner voice and brings us together to express our thoughts with others"
    • "Expression through art has an infinite number of possible ways to express our deepest feelings, which are sometimes difficult or impossible to express in words"
  • ​How can we encourage and facilitate creative expression across our community?
    • ​"Providing more opportunities for getting together"
    • "Open up, create and play together!"
    • "By encouraging participants to use art forms to put ideas and concepts into a form of art.

The Benefits of Creative Expression

A Big Thank You:


PLAY was made possible by the generous support of the Julian Woods Community.

Special Thanks To:

Deb Fisher

Julian Woods Community

Friends of John Mangan