Downtown Artery’s month of mental health art and exploration kicks off today. Wellbeing: Stigma and Impact is the feature for the month of mental health art & exploration during February.
As the Fort Collins community, neighborhoods, organizations, businesses, and families face uncertain and turbulent times, The Artery examines ‘What does wellbeing mean in the current environment? How do stigmas of mental and behavioral health impact wellbeing? Can a better understanding of mental and behavioral health help us contribute to more equitable wellbeing?’ through featured events.
First Friday’s schedule welcomes the conversation around breaking the stigma and will be open for the month with other events that encourage an open dialog around mental health.
Art! 6:30 pm “Wellbeing: Stigma and Impact” Opening Reception
Music! 7:00 PM Main Stage DW Doucet
Taste! 8:00 pm Sip a free craft brew, courtesy of New Belgium.
Music! 8:15 PM Various Artists
Video! 9:00 PM Presentation by Kent Bradley
Music! 9:15 PM Main Stage Fat Stallion
Fashion! 9:45 PM Community Mental Health Fashion Show
Dance! 11:00 PM F-ether
The work “Stigma Stains”, by Jennifer Ivanovic, will be in the upstairs gallery. This is a traveling art installation that aspires, through paint, to make the stigma of mental illness transparent. It comprises free-formed, poured “stain” paintings and corresponding stories taken from personal interviews with volunteers about the struggles and triumphs of living with mental illness.
Other events part of Downtown Artery’s month of mental health art and exploration:
Help open the dialogue and encourage others to do the same. These events will give resources and foster a supportive network of change. Gallery Hours: Tu-Sat 2-6PM.