Behavioral Health Awareness Art Show: Destigmatizing Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder
First Lady Art Reception 5pm, April 24, 2017
Art Display April 24 to 28, 2017
The Behavioral Health Awareness Art Show is one of two exhibitions in Spring 2017 hosted by Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan as part of a statewide multi-government agency and community partnership to increase public awareness of the need to de-stigmatize mental illness and addiction. The committee for the exhibition is made up of representatives of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Behavioral Health Administration, the Maryland Department of Disabilities, the Maryland State Arts Council, the New Day Campaign, the Mental Health Association of Maryland, and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Maryland.
By putting the spotlight on artists who through their art and activism raise awareness on issues surrounding mental illness and substance use, the Behavioral Health Awareness Art will elevate the public’s awareness of de-stigmatization in regard to mental illness and substance use. An exhibition of select artists from across the State of Maryland illuminates and celebrates the power of narrative art as a tool in the toolbox for challenging stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and addiction. The exhibition itself will be populated with art works that carry compelling narrative, and the event will celebrate the select artists engaged in anti-stigma work through their art and activism.