Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art
- August 8th - October 6th
- Opening Reception: Tuesday, August 15th, 5-7pm - Reception & Artist's Talk: Friday, September 15th, 5-7pm
A traveling exhibition from the Society for Contemporary Craft.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mental illnesses account for a larger proportion of disability in developed countries than any other group of illnesses, including cancer and heart disease. In 2004, an estimated 25% of adults in the United States reported having a mental illness in the previous year. However, unlike cancer and heart disease, which have become widely discussed in the public sphere, mental disorders remain hidden behind a wall of secrecy, leading to stigma, misunderstanding and neglect.
In order to bring this subject to light, Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC), located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is focusing public attention on this important topic through the traveling exhibition Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art.
Featuring 30 works created by 14 contemporary artists, with an emphasis on the topics of anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and tendencies, and PTSD, the exhibition explores the impact that mental illness has on society, and how the arts can encourage positive self- expression and guide effective mental health promotion and treatment.
Mindful will be a featured exhibit during the 2017 Kirkbride Arts and History Weekend, and throughout the fall of 2017, and is hosted by Springboard for the Arts, the Kaddatz Gallery and the Lake Region Arts Council.