The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana will host two groups in a collaborative display in the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery located at 318 Main Street in downtown Evansville. September is National Recovery Month and PEACE Zone, a peer-run mental health recovery center, will be exhibiting as “The Art of Recovery”. Their mission is to promote mental health wellness and recovery for individuals and to educate the community about mental health issues. Their members are encouraged to realize their full potential. Members are empowered through peer support, socialization opportunities, advocacy, recovery education, and being inspired to take an active role in the community.
Mental illness does not discriminate; it can affect all walks of life. One in four people struggle with a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Recovery from mental health issues is not only possible, but probable. With professional treatment, community resources, and recovery supports such as PEACE Zone, recovery is real. Join PEACE Zone in the celebration of mental wellness in our recovery journeys.
“Art In The Margins” will be sharing the exhibit space with PEACE Zone. This exhibit is of accomplished artworks by the Evansville, Indiana homeless community, facilitated by Julie Struck, local teaching artist.
Struck is a veteran arts educator, artist/writer and arts/creative activist who began offering empowering arts activities at United Caring Services Day Shelter’s Annex in October of 2013. She soon expanded her unique arts experiences to the YWCA shelters for women and children, and families at Aurora’s Vision 1505 housing project. She first offered ArtSpeak: empowering arts activities that help and heal participants through visual art and creative writing at Peace Zone Recovery Center between November 2013 and February 2014, and at UCS for the men in Transitional Housing February-April 2014.
In April 2014 Struck received a prestigious international Pollination Project seed grant to further develop ArtSpeak, as well as facilitate exhibitions of accomplished artworks produced by the homeless, thereby publicly bridging this challenging societal gap through art and storytelling. And Struck continues to arts-engage the homeless at area shelters, building awareness by getting their artworks out into the community, connecting them with the Internet via a blog: Notes From The Margins, and educating the general public through her personal blog: The Art Bag Lady. Future ambitious goals include opening an alternative artists co-op in downtown Evansville.
“Art In The Margins” and “The Art of Recovery” will be on display at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana in the Bower-Surheinrich Foundation Gallery, located at 318 Main Street in downtown Evansville, Indiana. The exhibit will be on display from September 16th through the 28th. A reception will be held on Saturday, September 20th from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the gallery. An interactive graffiti artwork will be provided with paint markers. Proceeds for art sales will go the artist and the United Caring Shelter. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Monday by appointment. Please call the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana at (812)422-2111 or email [email protected] for more information.
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