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Karen Pence to meet with art therapists in Central and South America

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Second lady Karen Pence will visit with art therapists during her trip to Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Panama next week, the White House announced. (Zurab Kurtsikidze/Pool Photo via AP)

Second lady Karen Pence will travel to Central and South America next week to work on her art therapy initiative, the White House announced Friday.

The wife to Vice President Mike Pence will meet with art therapists during her travels to Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and Panama from Aug. 13-18.

"I look forward to the opportunity to highlight art therapy and bring more awareness of the profession's existence and benefits to the countries in Central and South America," Pence said in a statement. "Each time I visit with art therapists and observe their sessions, I walk away with new information and insight into the benefits of the unique treatment. Through the stories shared, it's evident that art therapy makes a difference."

Pence will take part in art therapy sessions and roundtable discussions with therapists in Cartagena, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; and Panama City, Panama.

"In Colombia, art therapy is an established practice with an association of Colombian art therapists in the country. In Argentina and Chile, there are schools to train art therapists and well-established art therapy programs. In Panama, art therapy is an emerging profession," the White House statement said.

Pence will also participate in cultural activities though the trip is expected to be focused on learning more about art therapy.

The former first lady of Indiana traveled to Billing Clinic in Billings, Mont., in late July to advocate for art therapy. In an hour-long speech to attendees, Pence talked about the power of using art as therapy to heal emotional and mental "invisible wounds."

"This is an avenue for people to express themselves," Pence said.