The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will continue its programming in conjunction with their current exhibition Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art, Wednesday, April 5th, with a panel discussion and pop-up student exhibition to address and illuminate the effects of mental health on young adults in the Hampton Roads region.
“A Mindful Night: Youth Panel + Pop-up Exhibition” will feature the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)’s Youth MOVE Virginia, a grassroots network of youth and young adults who advocate for mental health awareness and peer support throughout the state of Virginia, in “Say It Out Loud.” This youth panel will discuss age-pertinent topics that influence mental health, like bullying and suicide prevention, and dispel stigmas associated with mental health conditions to encourage community dialogue.
Attendees can view a pop-up exhibition by students from Green Run Collegiate, Princess Anne High School, and First Colonial High School‘s National Art Honor Society will exhibit What’s Inside Your Head. The student artwork is a direct response to MOCA’s current Mindful exhibition and envisioned by student, Paige Smith, who lead this initiative as part of her First Colonial Legal Studies Academy senior project.
Many of the students in the pop-up exhibition have been invited to attend NAMI’s national convention in D.C. this summer.
Along with the panel discussion and pop-up exhibition, guests can create their own mindful artwork, take a youth-led gallery tour, and enjoy refreshments provided by I Need A LightHouse, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to significantly reduce the loss and suffering from teen and young adult depression, suicide, and suicidal behavior through educational programs and community partnerships, with grant funds from Youth Service Club of Virginia Beach. The Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation will also be on-site as a community partner.
The event is open to the public and free of charge.
For full details about MOCA’s “Mindful” programs please visit VirginiaMOCA.org.