Supporting Artists with Mental Illness

We Support Artists with Mental Illness

Customer partnerships raise awareness and brighten desktops

Artwork on our website and our client login page is offered in partnership with two great organizations: People Incorporated’s Artability program and Avivo ArtWorks. We share a common commitment to help destigmatize mental illness.  We hope that the wonderful artwork we share from these artists brings joy and beauty to your day!

Avivo Artworks

Since 2004, Avivo ArtWorks, (formerly known as Spectrum ArtWorks), has been working to support professional artists living with mental illness. Located at the Lighthouse, a Community Support Program in Minneapolis, the program meets its mission through a community-focused and recovery-based approach. Its multi-faceted art studio and programming assists artists at reaching and maintaining their artist-related goals such as making new art, connecting with other artists, and accessing exhibition and grant opportunities. In addition to this, each year the program organizes a new exhibition that aims to meet its mission to challenge stigma and raise mental health awareness. In 2015, the program partnered with the Minneapolis Institute of Art to bring “In Conversation,” a residency and exhibition that featured 17 artists from the program. Each participant created a new piece of art that was in conversation with an object or artwork in the museum’s collection. In 2017, Avivo ArtWorks facilitated “The Big Picture,” a group exhibition that presented artwork that explored wellness in recovery through art. “To Really See,” opening August 2017 at the Hennepin County Library – Central Minneapolis, is Avivo ArtWorks first every traveling group exhibition. The show explores the medication-taking experience and will feature artwork from artists who use Avivo ArtWorks services and artists from across the state of Minnesota.

For More Information

For further information on the program with links to their blog, Flickr page, and Facebook page, or to request a tour, please visit Avivo ArtWorks or contact:

Jes Reyes, MA
Arts Specialist
Avivo ArtWorks (formerly Spectrum ArtWorks)
612-752-8282 | jreyes@resource-mn.org

Artability

People Incorporated’s Artability program is an annual celebration of the creativity and contributions of people with mental illnesses to our community. Artability is vital to the work of People Incorporated in helping individuals living with mental illnesses to work to achieve their goals for living independent and enriched lives. The show is a source of inspiration and pride for the area’s mental health community and encourages artists to explore their interests, share their love of art, and gain confidence in their skills.

For More Information

For further information, please contact:

Cathy Braaten
Annual Fund and Special Events Manager
People Incorporated Mental Health Services
651-288-3532 | cathy.braaten@peopleincorporated.org

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