February 7 - March 27, 2019

Reflections on Identity

Artist's Talk & Opening Reception: Thursday, February 7, 6-8p.m.

“Reflection on Identity” features work by Tau Battice, Aitina Fareed-Cooke, Antonio Pulgarin, and Nichole Washington, award-winning photographers of diverse backgrounds whose work in portraiture, documentary, and collage techniques pose questions about identity.

The gallery will host Aitina Fareed-Cooke (Feb. 4-8) and Tau Battice (Feb. 20-23) as resident artists. See the events calendar for details.

March 6 - March 13, 2019

The Art of Recovery

Scharmann Theatre Lobby

“The Art of Recovery: Using Self Expression and Creativity to Aid in the Recovery Process”
For those individuals who are in recovery for addiction and/or mental health issues, finding an outlet to express their thoughts, feelings, and emotions, is important. Many forms of art help to provide those in recovery the ability to manage and control potential stressful and dangerous situations. Through various forms and media, individuals can develop the necessary skills to work through the difficult times of their lives. Some of these areas could be reconciling conflicts within themselves, managing behavior, developing social and communication skills, decreasing anxiety and depression, and increasing self-awareness and self-esteem.

Creating works of art also help to keep one's mind and hands busy. This is especially important when in recovery, because an individual may have too much down time to ruminate on the drug of choice, past trauma, or other stressful situations.

The Mental Health Association (MHA) is a peer-run organization that works with individuals who may be struggling with addiction and/or mental health issues. MHA also works with individuals who may have a variety of other issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. These individuals can benefit from a variety of art forms.

With many groups to choose from, MHA participants can attend a group that is specific to their personal needs. Some of these groups, such as Recovery Talks I, Recovery Talks II, PTSD Poetry, Women's Group, Knitting for Wellbeing, and Learning to Live Again, have a component built into them that allow participants to openly express themselves artistically. Works of art created through the groups are included in the "Art of Recovery" exhibition.

In recent years, the JCC Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program and the MHA have collaborated to bring Occupational Therapy into the area of mental health. Many students from the OTA program were assigned to MHA for their Fieldwork I and II placements, and for volunteer work. The JCC students facilitated various groups and assisted participants in the creation of works of art, many of which are on display in "The Art of Recovery" exhibition. Please enjoy these works of art created by Mental Health Association participants.

Michael Nordin
Program Director
MHA in Chautauqua County
525 Falconer Street, Jamestown NY 14701 716.338.1300 | www.sunyjcc.edu