Artistic expression has long been recognized for its role in dealing with inner emotions, reconciling conflict, promoting healing and renewal, enhancing inner peace, stimulating positive feelings and empowerment, deepening self–awareness and personal growth, and being restorative. Artistic creativity is a vehicle for sharing the truths that reside in each of us.
Here you will find stories from consumers as they traveled on their journey to recovery.
Featured Art Exhibits
Currently, “America Freedom” brings together about 30 mixed–media works from artists engaged in services at the various psychiatric centers.
We urge you to submit your expression of recovery (PDF) to be posted on our website!
Other Artistic Expression Resources
- American Art Therapy Association
AATA is an organization of professionals dedicated to the belief that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life enhancing.
- Battling Mental Illness with a Paint Brush
Published in the Village Voice in December 2005, this article features the Bridge Group Artists of The Bridge mental–health agency on West 108th Street in New York City
- Foundation for Hospital Art
Based in Atlanta, the Foundation Since is dedicated to softening the hospital environment with colorful paintings, wall murals and ceiling tiles.
- Gallery at Hospital Audiences Inc
HAI is dedicated to providing people with disabilities with opportunities to develop skills through creative expression in music, dance, visual arts, drama, video, animation and computer arts. The gallery features rotating exhibits.
- International Child Art Foundation
ICAF is dedicated to advancing and celebrating child art and visual learning globally. Through its programs and publications, ICAF fosters creativity and confidence in children and promotes communication, understanding and cooperation among them.
- Martín Ramírez
Read about Mexican artist Martín Ramírez,who has been called “simply one of the greatest artists of the 20th century” by the New York Times. All of his drawings were created inside DeWitt State Hospital in Auburn, California.
- Mental Health and Art: Getting Started
Featured on the Art Therapy blog, this essay by Denise Fletcher focuses on incorporating art into your life. Ms. Fletcher, who lives with bipolar disorder, is the author of A Thread of Hope.
- National Art Exhibitions by the Mentally Ill
NAEMI is dedicated to discovering, studying, promoting, exhibiting, and preserving the art of those struggling with mental illness throughout the world.
- National Institute of Art & Disabilities
NIAD provides an art program that promotes creativity, independence, dignity, and community integration for people with developmental and other disabilities.
- Survivors Arts Foundation
This foundation encourages healing through the arts by empowering trauma survivors with effective expressive outlets via internet art gallery, outreach programs, national exhibitions, publications and development of employment skills
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