Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Art and Design-Web Design and User Experience



First Advisor

Andrew Allen Smith

Second Advisor

Justin Kussman

Third Advisor

Erica Blum


This project focuses on black mental health that encompasses mental wellness education through social media and builds community connection by sharing stories. It reduces social exclusion and creates positive change in black communities. The final deliverable will be a short video poem compilation via YouTube that gives insight into what it is like living with depression and anxiety. It will include motion graphics, photo manipulation, and graphic art covers titled Misconceptions, Beautiful Temptations, Relentless, and Old Abuse. It is about implementing healthy coping mechanisms and bringing together a community that is often overlooked and/or stigmatized regarding mental health. It enhances one’s ability to develop resilience, find inner tranquility, and search for meaning, and connectivity.


Copyright 2022, Alicia Newsome.

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