Mending Art began as a casual meetup of 3-4 interested program participants at Mental Health Connecticut’s Independence Center (IC) in Waterbury, CT. Today, the program reaches over 140 participants at the IC, and hundreds more in the community.
Currently located at the IC, Mending Art is one of a variety of programs that helps our program participants learn new skills, engage in the community, and find and utilize creative outlets of expression. Numerous studies and research prove how art is linked to wellness and recovery. For many living with a mental health condition, Mending Art has been a stepping stone towards rejoining the workforce, going back to school, reconnecting with family and friends, and becoming active in the community.
Mending Art is also helping to demystify what it’s like to live with a mental health condition. Support from the Connecticut Community Foundation has allowed MHC to expand Mending Art to more program participants, and to work with Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterbury, other MHC programs, nursing homes, libraries, coffee shops, galleries, and more.
“Drawing has helped me in my treatment for mental health. I feel it is a way to communicate my feelings with others. Drawing has helped me through some of my darkest and happiest times of my life, and I enjoy sharing and helping others with my work.” – Jennifer, IC Artist
Through workshops, an open studio, trips to museums, learning from guest artists, community projects, and more, IC artists find their own unique connection to art. We have new program participants joining every day. To ensure our artists have what they need to stay engaged, we need your support!
With your support, this program will continue to provide a safe environment for artistic expression for our program participants. Please give today! Your dollars will go directly to art supplies, educational materials, and other costs associated with this program. To make a donation, visit https://mhconn.networkforgood.com/projects/59251-mending-art
Thanks to our friends at the AmazonSmile Foundation, you also now have the option of making an in-kind donation to our program by purchasing art supplies on Amazon and having them shipped directly to the IC! (Note: You will need to log into your personal amazon account to view the wish list.)
For more information, contact:
Mending Art Coordinator
Mental Health Connecticut’s Independence Center
21 Church Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
203-756-5772, ext. 15