“When I’m painting I’m relaxed and stress free. I believe painting inspires people to be the best that they can be. It gives me hope and lets me know that I can accomplish my goals even when I think I can’t.” – Jeanette, IC Artist
Mending Art from Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) began in 2013 as a casual meetup of 3-4 interested program participants at MHC’s Independence Center (IC) in Waterbury, CT. Amy Smith, an artist, art advocate, and former gallery owner, founded Mending Art at MHC when she witnessed firsthand how art became a powerful force in healing and connecting with oneself and others.
Mending Art has reached hundreds of individuals throughout the state who receive services from MHC, including residential programs in: Torrington, Waterbury, West Hartford, Danbury, Bridgeport and Stamford. Through community partnerships, and with the addition of Jazz Borst, an artist and former studio manager for the Holland Area Arts Council in Michigan, Mending Art reaches hundreds more in the community. Mending Art’s home base is now located at the Five Points Arts Center in Torrington, CT.
Mending Art is one of a variety of programs that helps individuals 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 helping to demystify what it’s like to live with a mental health condition. Additional support from the Connecticut Community Foundation and individual donors has allowed MHC to expand Mending Art to more program participants, and to work in the community with Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterbury, nursing homes, libraries, coffee shops, galleries, and more.
Learn more about Mending Art here: https://www.fox61.com/article/news/local/outreach/ct-arts/meet-creative-artist-amy-smith/520-ca7097a4-decd-41e3-8d60-2c31e351f10e
Through workshops, an open studio, trips to museums, learning from guest artists, community projects, and more, Mending Art 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. Funding provided by the generosity of our donors allows this program to grow. Thank you for your support!
For more information, contact:
Mending Art Coordinator
Mental Health Connecticut, Inc.
177 S. Main St., Apt 11
Torrington, CT 06790