May in the MacRostie Gallery | Outside Voices: Mental Health Month Show

ON VIEW | MacRostie Gallery | May 3-31

Sponsored by North Homes Children and Family Services

In May of 2012, MacRostie Art Center partnered with the local chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and Kielser House to offer free weekly art classes to adults living with mental illness as part of a holistic approach to recovery during Mental Health Month. The interest of the students sparked further collaboration, and MacRostie Art Center received a grant to offer weekly art classes from January – April 2013 for adults who have experienced mental illness. As a part of the 2013 Mental Health Month activities in the Grand Rapids area, the work of the Kiesler House members and participants in this art program as well as other community members who have experienced mental illness will be on display in the exhibition Outside Voices.

The exhibition features works in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, and more. Instructor Lea Friesen worked with participants in the weekly classes to explore art as a therapeutic tool for recovery and self-expression.

“When doing art I have the ability to be free of myself,” states Taneen Pacini, an artist involved in the program. “My art reflects freedom.”

This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.