Mental health affects us all, though for many, it can be hard to talk about.
To help create dialogue and illuminate the effects of mental health on individuals and communities, The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will host a “Mindful” Panel Discussion and Community Resource Night in conjunction with their current exhibition Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art, Thursday, February 23rd, starting at 6:30pm. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
“Mindful” artist Rose Clancy, representatives from CHKD, and other community health care organizations will explore the spectrum of mental health and share their own personal and professional experiences. “Mindful” community partners will be in MOCA‘s atrium to share resources and answer questions.
Community partners include: Ardx Foundation; The Chas Foundation; Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD); Christian Psychotherapy Services; Galilee Advocates for Mental Health; Harbor Point Behavioral Health Center; I Need A LightHouse, Inc.; Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, Inc.; Kempsville Center for Behavioral Health; NAMI Virginia Beach; Virginia Beach City Government; Youth MOVE Virginia.
“Our hope for this exhibition is that it will be a springboard for conversation to help create awareness about a common health issue that one in four in Virginians are afflicted with.” said MOCA‘s Director of Exhibitions and Education Alison Byrne. “The Mindful panel discussion will be just one platform for our community to engage with mental health professionals and resources, as well as listen to personal stories surrounding this often-stigmatized condition.”
In addition, to the panel discussion on February 23rd, MOCA will feature “Mindful” artist talks and master classes with Jesse Albrecht and Rose Clancy; a Mindful Story Exchange, where five local artists turn five local stories of mental health into art/performance art; a Military Family Day with free admission and events for all active and non-active duty military and their families; a Mindful Night Youth Panel Discussion that NAMI’s Youth MOVE Virginia and CHKD will present along with a pop-up exhibition by Green Run Collegiate and other activities; and concludes with an artist talk with “Mindful” artist Michael Janis.
Feb 16 | Artist Talk: Jesse Albrecht
Feb 18 | Master Class: Jesse Albrecht
Feb 25 | Master Class: Rose Clancy
Feb 23 | Mindful Panel Discussion + Community Resource Night
Mar 30 | MOCA + Story Exchange: Mindful
Apr 1 | Military Family Day
Apr 5 | A Mindful Night: Youth Panel Discussion + Pop-up Exhibition
Apr 13 | Artist Talk: Michael Janis
For full details about MOCA‘s “Mindful” programs please visit VirginiaMOCA.org. Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art is on view through April 16, 2017.