DVCE 2017 ImageNew Exhibition at MAC Promotes Mental Health Awareness

Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) will usher in the return of Different Voices and Common Experiences this Friday, August 4, at 6pm with a public opening reception. There will be a performance art viewing at 7. The exhibition will be located in the Benedum Gallery until August 26, 2017.  Different Voices and Common Experiences is presented by the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living. It is supported in part by funds from the Morgantown Knights of Columbus and private donors. Additional support is provided by community members.

Different Voices and Common Experiences was created with the intent of increasing awareness of mental health issues in the region and has become an integral part of MAC's programming. This exhibition has been assembled with the intention of both showcasing the talent of such a unique and diverse segment of our population and promoting awareness within our region of the effects of mental illness. MAC' executive director, Ro Brooks says “MAC is delighted to once again showcase the work of artists who have been touched by mental health issues. This annual exhibition has consistently been well received by gallery visitors. With each exhibit, I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the artwork and the public positive reaction. I am confident that this year’s showing will also surprise and delight viewers!”

Information was sent to a variety of local and state agencies, mailing lists and Facebook groups, as well as advertised on NWVCIL’s social media pages and website. Submissions were accepted on a first come first served basis. All participants have been affected by mental health issues, either personally or through close friends and family members. This process can be therapeutic and provides those with mental illnesses an outlet to express themselves and share their perspectives.

MAC invites all to celebrate at the Public Opening Reception on August 4, and welcomes donations. MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquires should be directed to info@monartscenter.com or 304-292-3325.

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