art of wellbeing
Save the Date for MHC’s annual fundraiser, the Art of Wellbeing: A Time to Dance to take place on the evening of Saturday, November 10, 2018 at The Cabaret Theatre of Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. This year, in celebration of our 110th anniversary, MHC is exploring the connection between mind and body health and asking the question “#WhatMovesYou to be healthy?” With this event, our answer is DANCE! We’ve partnered with the Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP) to present How It Is – Reflections on Prison from ‘Brave in a New World’ and ‘In My Shoes’.
In a powerful and moving mix of narrative, song, and dance, How It Is brings key issues of incarceration to the stage. Performed by members of JDPP’s Ensemble and guest artists that have, at one point, spent time in prison, this work, in provocative and authentic ways, sheds light on the experience of incarceration and the challenges of returning to the community. Both works are ambitious outgrowths of the residency work the Judy Dworin Performance Project began in 2005 and still continues at York Correctional Institution (the only state prison for women) and last year began at the Cybulski Community Reintegration Center for men who are getting close to reentering the community.
“…heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, necessary.”
“Art and social justice are powerful allies and this is as good an example as I’ve ever seen.”
about Judy Dworin Performance Project
The Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP) was founded in 1989 and is the home for three distinct programs. The Ensemble examines social contemporary issues through movement-based, multimedia works, and has performed at La MaMa E.T.C. and Dia Center for the Arts (Joyce Soho), New York City; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; Baltimore Theatre Project; the Theater in a Suitcase Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria; Broward Performing Arts Center, Fort Lauderdale; Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center and Mobius, Boston; Cleveland Arts Center; the KO Festival in Amherst, Massachusetts; and throughout New England. The Moving Matters! residency program, now in its 22nd year, brings the creative arts into public schools as tools for learning and personal growth. Bridging Boundaries couples arts intervention with social work to bridge the forced separations of populations affected by incarceration. JDPP was the recent recipient of a Mellon Foundation and Mid-America Alliance grant to showcase the work in in the Bridging Boundaries program in a 30-minute documentary — “Making Me Whole. Prison, Art & Healing.” JDPP was one of six organizations in the country to receive this award.
Mental Health Connecticut is seeking sponsors for this year’s Art of Wellbeing event. Benefits of sponsorship can be customized to suit the needs of the sponsor. Please view the below opportunities and contact Jackie Davis at email@example.com for questions.
Sponsorship Prospectus and Agreement Form – Click Here to download
Mental Health Connecticut’s Independence Center will hosts its annual IC Walk during the first week in October in conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week.
Mental Health Connecticut hosts various events across Connecticut to advocate, educate, and serve our community.
Assist with administrative tasks and external correspondence designed to educate the community about mental health issues, as well as other volunteer positions at our organization.