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Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

January 28 - April 16, 2017

One in four adults lives with a mental health condition, yet this common illness often remains hidden behind a wall of secrecy and isolation. Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art breaks down societal stigmas and offers an opportunity to encounter and understand mental health through the lens of contemporary craft. 

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art, explores the impact that mental illness is having on society, and the role the arts can play to both encourage positive self-expression and guide effective mental health promotion and treatment. Featuring more than 30 works created by 14 contemporary artists Mindful examines creative responses to mental health conditions through the inclusion of artworks made by artists who have been diagnosed with or affected by mental illness. The exhibition highlights a variety of techniques and forms that include innovative art expressions rooted in traditional craft materials, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between craft and painting, sculpture, conceptual, and installation art.

Along with the exhibition MOCA will plan innovative community programming, partnerships and education opportunities. Mindful reaches beyond the museum walls to examine creativity’s role in mental health, resiliency, and compassion.

This exhibition was organized by the Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Click here to see a video overview of the exhibition. 


Feb 16 | Artist Talk: Jesse Albrecht
Feb 18 | Master Class: Jesse Albrecht
Feb 25 | Master Class: Rose Clancy
Apr 13 | Artist Talk: Michael Janis


Feb 23 | Mindful Panel Discussion + Community Resource Night
Mar 30 | MOCA + Story Exchange: Mindful
Apr 5 | A Mindful Night: Youth Panel Discussion + Pop-up Exhibition



These exhibitions are supported in part through generous contributions by Acoustical Sheet Metal, Capital Group Companies, and PRA Group, as well as grants made possible by the Business Consortium for Arts Support, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.
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