Art will be displayed during the month of May, National Mental Health Awareness Month

Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) in partnership with the Healing Arts Council of Santa Barbara County (HACSB) invites people of all ages with a connection to mental illness to submit entries of artistic expression for the 2011 “Art of Recovery” show. Persons recovering from substance abuse, mental illness and their family members are invited to submit work in any art form.

“Art of Recovery” will be held in Santa Maria and Lompoc during the month of May in support of Mental Health Awareness Month. The show will be open and free to the public. Locations, dates, and times will be announced soon.

A featured piece will be chosen for use in “Art of Recovery” and TMHA/HACSB promotional materials. The artist whose work is selected as the featured piece will be encouraged to provide interviews to local news media and will be contacted as part of the promotional outreach for the show.

Submissions may be in any artistic medium, including jewelry, poems, music, stone, metal, clay, textiles, sketches and paintings. Please contact the art coordinator, Crystal Gonsalves at (805) 928-0139 or (805) 865-1947 or by email at CGonsalves@t-mha.org for an entry form.

Featured Piece Deadline: March 30, 2011, 4 p.m.

All Art Entry Deadline: April 22, 2011, 4 p.m.

The event was first developed in 1995 to offer people in mental health recovery a way to express themselves and to provide a venue to share art, feelings, thoughts and messages with the general public. The goal remains the same today. TMHA and HACSB hope this year to help the community see that people should not be defined in terms of their illness but by their strengths, gifts and by the contributions they make to society.

“Art can serve as the basis of a healing network of communications and play a vital part in recovery,” said Patrick Bergin, Founder and Chairman of HACSB. “This show is something that reaches the unreachable through the power of expression.”

ABOUT T-MHA

Transitions-Mental Health Association is a non-profit organization that helps children and adults live, work and grow in our community. TMHA operates 27 programs at over 35 locations that reach over 2,000 people and 1,500 families in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The emphasis of TMHA’s many services is to teach vital independent living skills, and build a framework for community re-entry through personal empowerment and hands on experience. For over 30 years, T-MHA has been dedicated to providing housing, employment, case management and life-skills support to teens and adults with mental illness; and support, resources and education for their loved ones. For more information, visit www.T-MHA.org.

Philosophy and Mission Statement of HACSB

The human personality is earth’s greatest treasure. Art in its many forms can reach the unreachable. The Healing Arts Council is dedicated to providing artistic outlets to encourage the recovery of individuals with mental illness and/or addiction.