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Out of the Shadows: A Collection of Transformative Art, Opens August 18

posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The art exhibit "Out of the Shadows: A Collection of Transformative Art" opens to the public on Friday, August 18th, 4pm - 8pm, at the Steele Lane Community Center, 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. It is hosted by the Sonoma County Wellness Art Collaborative.  It runs through October 5th.

The Sonoma County Wellness Art Collaborative is a partnership between Buckelew Programs, Community Support Network, and Telecare Sonoma ACT.The Sonoma County Wellness Art Collaborative is a consortium of community-based mental health service providers committed to promoting the creative work of our member-artists. Many of the folks who we work with engage in creative endeavors but do so within the shadows of our society. It is our aim to bring their creative work out of the shadows to see the light of day.

One of the unfortunate consequences of mental illness is that it often forces the person suffering from its debilitating effects to live on the margins of our society. Through our collective programs, we welcome people back into a community of support after they have undergone major life adversities. We provide an important service for many people’s loved ones after they have exhausted the support of their family and friends, and our work is often unrecognized by the larger community due to the stigma associated with mental illness.

The Sonoma County Wellness Art Collaborative held its first meeting in November of 2016 to begin plans for Out of the Shadows: A Collection of Transformative Art. We began our project without a budget and have raised nearly $5,000 in funding to cover costs associated with hosting our debut event, Out of the Shadows: A Collection of Transformative Art. Preliminary discussions have taken place to expand the efforts of The Collaborative in 2018 to include additional community partners and to sponsor other art-related events that foster community engagement and raise awareness about issues of relevance within Sonoma County.

Check out our Facebook Page here and don't miss the opening night!

 

Out of the Shadows: A Collection of Transformative Art, Opens August 18