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Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art Extended

Contemporary Craft’s Popular Exhibit Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art Extended

Text and some images provided by Society for Contemporary Craft.

Ian Thomas (Brian Cohen) part of Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through ArtSociety for Contemporary Craft (SCC) will celebrate the success and impact of its most recent socially engaged art experience, Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art, with an afternoon of special activities on Saturday, March 12.  Mindful—now extended through Saturday, March 26, 2016 — showcases work by artists who have been diagnosed with or affected by mental illness. The exhibition and related programming explore the impact that mental illness is having on society and the role the arts can play to encourage positive self-expression.

Farewell Celebration

Saturday’s “Farewell Celebration” includes a henna artist offering free semicolon tattoos (an unofficial symbol of mental illness advocacy), readings from a Mindful writing workshop, and the unwrapping of Rose Clancy’s installation Dangerous Objects Made Safe, which will reveal that beauty can be found in the most unlikely places.

Dangerous Objects Made Safe (Rose Clancy) part of Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art. Photo by WDOrkoskey

Saturday, March 12, 2016 between 11am and 3pm:

  • Henna artist: 11am-1pm
  • Creative writing readings: 1pm
  • Unwrapping of Dangerous Objects Made Safe: 2pm

Admission and all activities are free and open to the public with a $5 suggested donation.

After completing its run in Pittsburgh, Mindful will travel throughout 2018 to five different venues across the country.  Visit www.exploremindfulart.com for details.

SCC has been blown away and humbled by the response to Mindful and its subject matter.  We broke attendance records during the opening weekend in September, and since then have seen a 50% increase in visitors.  The show is already slated to travel to five additional venues across the country after closing in Pittsburgh, and has received national attention in American Craft Magazine and the Huffington Post.

For more information visit the Society for Contemporary Craft’s website or contact them at 412.261.7003.