I have to admit it: I love Karen Pence.
Part of it is that she, like me, is a Hoosier. Part of it is her down-to-earth nature, and the way she just looks like a regular woman. Melania and Ivanka Trump are gorgeous, no doubt, but most of us can relate better to Karen. She’s also a teacher, as I was. She’s a Christian, and she has a rabbit as a pet (named Marlon Bundo, if you’re curious)! This is a woman I can fully appreciate.
Now that she’s Second Lady of the US, Mrs. Pence has a huge platform. How will she use it?
Karen Pence’s Spotlight Issue
It probably comes as no surprise that Mrs. Pence is interested in art. After all, she is a former elementary school art teacher. Her spotlight issue ties in well with this: advocacy of art therapy.
What, exactly, is art therapy? It’s not “arts and crafts,” Mrs. Pence says. Instead, the field uses techniques that help patients with physical and mental issues to have more control of their lives. The goal of art therapy is to improve or restore functioning and a sense of well-being.
Mrs. Pence was also involved in art therapy advocacy in her prior role as Indiana’s first lady. She is an artist herself, specializing in painting watercolors of homes and historical buildings. Karen has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in elementary education from Butler, with an undergrad minor in art. She has served on the board of Tracy’s Kids, an art therapy program for young cancer patients.
Don’t look for Karen Pence pushing for funding on this issue; she sees her role more as one of educational awareness of art therapy.
Have you noticed Mrs. Pence and art therapy in the news lately?