Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana (MHANI) is pleased to announce a three-month exhibit joining the arts and mental health to raise awareness and inspire hope.
Art of Hope will be hosted at Manchester University’s Gallery 101 from October 24, 2019 through January 24, 2020.

Art of Hope is a three-month long art exhibit to highlight local artists and share inspiring stories about recovery, healing, and hope.

Featuring artwork from artists who have experienced mental health challenges, Art of Hope will encourage candid conversations around mental illness and wellness.

Art of Hope will provide an opportunity for artists and visitors alike to express their mental health experiences and struggles.

Unraveling: Art as Healing

Featuring artist Patrick Chesebrough

Up the stairway and behind two sets of locked doors, deep inside the residential floors at the City Rescue Mission, is Patrick Chesebrough’s office. Stepping inside, you are surrounded by walls hung with at least a dozen of his paintings and drawings.

“I probably have this much more at home,” Patrick says. Most of these works were produced this year, the result of a blooming creative force that wasn’t always good for his health.

Read Patrick’s Story

The Difficulty of Sharing

Featuring artist Kara Doak

Kara Doak’s artwork is strongly influenced by her life—a life that, like one in every five Americans, contains mental health challenges.

“I had my first anxiety/panic attack at 14 or 15 years old. Within the past few years I was also diagnosed with depression.”

Suffice to say that, in some fashion, it is something that she expects to keep struggling with.

Read Kara’s Story

The Impact of Art on Mental Health

Artistic expression is an important aspect of the human experience, but does it really make a difference for your mental health? Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana (MHANI) intends to explore these questions, and many others, during our free panel on January 15. Pulling from a variety of perspectives, panelists will share their knowledge, insights, and experiences regarding the connections between art, creative expression, and mental health.

January 15, 6:00 pm
Manchester University’s Fort Wayne Campus




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