- Karen Pence is traveling to the Asia-Pacific
- She plans to use the trip to highlight children and art therapy programs
The second lady is heading to South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia and Hawaii beginning Saturday to “highlight her initiative, art therapy, meet with military service members and spouses, and participate in cultural activities,” according to a statement from the office of the second lady. Daughter Charlotte Pence will also travel with the family.
Pence, who was an elementary school teacher for more than 25 years, plans to use her platform as second lady to bring attention to children and art therapy programs. In 2013, she founded the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation to support youth, families and arts organizations.
She will observe art therapy programs and participate in roundtable discussions with art therapists in Seoul, South Korea, and in Tokyo. She will also participate in a discussion with art therapists in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Sydney.
“It’s not arts and crafts, it’s not therapeutic art: It’s actually therapy, and I want to let people know it’s something that you could go into as a profession … I want people to know this is an alternative: If you need help, this might be the way you want to go,” she said.
And Pence, who is the mother of a Marine, will also spend time with troops and their families while in Seoul, Sydney, and Honolulu.
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