2011-03-03 / Happenings

‘Changing Minds’ art show coming to KCC


‘CREATIVE MINDS’ Art by Robert Morey who is representing the Northern Lakes Community Mental Health service area at the “Creative Minds Changing Minds” art show which will be on display at Kirtland Community College from March 14 to 21. (Courtesy photo) ‘CREATIVE MINDS’ Art by Robert Morey who is representing the Northern Lakes Community Mental Health service area at the “Creative Minds Changing Minds” art show which will be on display at Kirtland Community College from March 14 to 21. (Courtesy photo) Artwork by artists who use Community Mental Health services in Michigan will be featured at Kirtland Community College from March 14 through 21. The “Creative Minds Changing Minds” display is a two-year statewide traveling art show.

The show is sponsored by the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards and includes a collage featuring faces and eyes by Robert Morey from the Northern Lakes Community Mental Health service area. A press release stated the judges who selected Morey’s piece described it as “a fascinating emotion-filled work, with inquiring eyes that draw the viewer in - seeing, searching, looking back.”

“Art, for me, is an expression of what life, death, relations, isolation, and stagnation is and/or means to me in a variety of instances. Drawing is my most practiced medium. My goal is to be able to draw a noise or a mood without anyone focusing on specific objects. Social functions are my favorite themes,” Morey said.

MACMHB Executive Director Michael Vizena said the goals of the show are to help de-stigmatize mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance use issues by showcasing the multi-dimensionality of people who use community mental health services and to highlight the recovery potential of the arts.

Cynthia Peterson, Northern Lakes CMH Community/Provider Relations staff member said the show contains over 30 pieces of art that “celebrates the rich and interesting diversity of the people in our state.” Peterson added she appreciates KCC for hosting the show because it allows the community to have the opportunity to see the talent of the people served by Community Mental Health.

“My purpose and interest in bringing the art show to Kirtland is consistent with Mr. Vizena’s goal of de-stigmatizing mental illness and the community perception that persons who struggle with mental illness are incapable of contributing to our society and our culture. I work diligently with students to help them understand that beyond the mental illness lies a person who has a lot to offer in a variety of ways, to value everyone for the unique individual that we are and to empower others to reach their highest potential. It’s a great opportunity to share the culture, perspective and creativity that those we serve possess with our students, staff and faculty here at KCC,” Nancy Pavelek, RN, KCC Health Careers instructor said.

While in northern Michigan, “Creative Minds Changing Minds” will also make stops at the Suttons Bay High School, the Cadillac Wexford Public Library, and the Dennos Museum and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Traverse City. The show will be publicly presented at various venues around the rest of the state through 2012.

At the end of two years, the artwork will be auctioned and proceeds will be used in other efforts to increase awareness of the prevalence of mental illness and developmental disabilities.

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