Consumer artwork from across Maryland’s mental health and peer support programs will be featured at Through the Looking Glass: Reflections on Life with Mental Illness. The free event, featuring over 150 pieces, will take place at the American Visionary Art Museum, on May 8, 2013 from 1p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Maryland mental health community has come together to orchestrate this hallmark exhibit devoted to showcasing the artwork of individuals in their recovery of mental illness. Dimitri Cavathas, co-chair of the Coalition for Mental Health Awareness, says, “The creativity presented in this exhibit contributes to the public’s awareness and will hopefully help to break down stigma surrounding mental illness.”
One in five people are living with mental illness and art therapy has been proven to be very effective in a person’s treatment plan. This exhibit demonstrates that people with mental illness have something to contribute to society – just like everyone one. They are creative, thoughtful members of our community and benefit from the opportunity for self-expression.
The exhibit will include a display of artwork, discussions with the artists, recognition of the creative talents of Rebecca Hoffberger, the American Visionary Art Museum’s founder and director, and the Children’s Mental Health Matters! Campaign poster reception.
The event is sponsored by Terrapin Pharmacy, the Mental Health Association of Maryland, and Alliance, Inc, with support from Arundel Lodge, Baltimore Mental Health Systems, Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland, Go-Getters, Inc., Harford-Belair CMHC, Inc., Humanim, Inc., Locum Tenums.com, Maryland Association of Core Service Agencies, Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health, Mosaic Community Services, Inc., NAMI Maryland, On Our Own of Maryland, People Encouraging People, St. Luke’s House – Threshhold Services United, Therapeutic Living for Families, Way Station, Inc, and ValueOptions.