A collective art show of Mental Health and Addictions’ clients and staff, entitled Looking Inward and Looking Outward, will be presented at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre from April 3 to 28.
This is an initiative to empower people who are marginalized and stigmatized by mental illness and/or addictions. This local organization provides mental health and addictions services to adults of all ages on the Sunshine Coast. The goal for the project is to connect people with the community through their art and help to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and addictions.
Their vision is to open the world of mental illness and addictions to the world outside and open the doors to the reality that the road travelled by us is not that different from the road travelled by those who haven’t walked through the doors of Mental Health and Addictions Services. Their story and their creative expression touch each member of the community in one way or another. In this way they hope that each piece will be “art that belongs to everyone.”
Art allows us to find our voice and often express what was not known. Through colour, shape, form and words, they hope to convey the journey, the process they have lived.