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A Celebration of Mental Health through Art Tonight
A Celebration of Mental Health through Art Tonight


Mental Health Anti-Stigma HOPE Campaign’s 2011 Art Exhibition is opening tonight in Alexandria. The event, Art Uniting People: A Celebration of Creativity and Mental Health, will be held at the Lee Center tonight from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This month is National Mental Health month and this exhibit hopes to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Over 100 local individuals (from ages 3-85) whose lives have been affected by mental illness submitted artwork for the exhibit. They were able to use art as a form of expression to engage the community at large.

Chair of the Anti-Stigma Hope Campaign, Marsharia “Shay” Holman, said, “Art is such a powerful way to express yourself.”

“The artists were so excited to have a forum of expression to be able to tell the community their story,” said Carrie Fesperman Redden of the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria, who has also been involved in the planning and set up for the evening.

Tonight mental health advocate Congressman Patrick Kennedy will be the guest speaker, and Congressman Jim Moran will be introducing Kennedy. There will also be a dance performance by the National Rehabilitation and Rediscovery Foundation Rhythms of Hope Dance Company and a “meet and greet” the artists session.