Breaking Barriers Through the Arts

Breaking Barriers Through the Arts, an exhibit that raises awareness and challenges the mental health stigma while strengthening our artistic community, will be on display in Cargill Hall at Minneapolis Central Library, December 4-January 29.

The show features artwork created during workshops for participants living with serious and persistent mental illness. Works include visual and literary arts, as well as music. COMPAS, a nonprofit arts organization, facilitated the workshops in partnership with Avivo, a nonprofit that helps people achieve recovery and serves individuals living with mental illness. This partnership is made possible through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Join us for an opening reception to celebrate the exhibit Thursday, December 5, 5-7 p.m.

Related events: COMPAS Art Workshops

Rangoli Sand Painting - Join COMPAS Teaching Artist Shakun Maheshwari and learn about Indian culture, history and celebrations through the art of rangoli sand painting. Rangoli designs are a temporary floor art created and redone on a daily basis in India to bring good luck and happiness to the home. Maheshwari will guide you in creating stylized rangoli designs using colored sand which can be displayed temporarily or transferred permanently to paper.

Painted Flower Collages - Join COMPAS Teaching Artist Teresa Cox in exploring the limitless design possibilities of the flower - an inspiring form that represents health, renewal and beauty. Cox will introduce the work of various collage artists and guide an exploration of art fundamentals, freehand cutting and the beauty of the "mistake" while you create vibrantly-colored paper collages built from loosely drawn plant designs. Materials provided.