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Art on Display to Celebrate Mental Illness Awareness Week

Madison Art Center, Green Hill Library and Z. Alexander Looby Library to showcase works by more than 70 local artists through mid-October

Nashville, Tenn. – Works by 70 local artists will be showcased at the Tennessee Art Center in Madison, the Green Hills Library, and the Z. Alexander Looby branch library as part of Transforming Lives through Art, a program that encourages people with mental illness and substance abuse disorders to express their creativity. This program is offered by the Middle Tennessee Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coalition.

The free exhibit at the Tennessee Art Center at Madison, also known as the Madison Art Center, will be on view from September 30 to October 14. The more than 90 works in the exhibit include paintings, drawings, carvings and crafts by well-known local artists. The public also is invited to a reception for the artists at the Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11.
Additional works will be on display at The Green Hills Library and Z. Alexander Looby branch library from October 1 to October 31. Both exhibits are part of the Mental Illness Awareness Week celebration, which takes place this year from October 2 to 9.

“Many consumers who are served by mental health organizations have considerable artistic talent, and we are extremely pleased to be able to showcase their work for the general public,” said Jane Baxter, Chair of the Middle Tennessee Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coalition. ”This is a terrific opportunity for these artists to receive the acclaim they deserve, as they demonstrate to our community that those with behavioral disorders have tremendous contributions to make and invaluable perspectives on life.”

The Middle Tennessee Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coalition has coordinated the exhibits, which are a part of Transforming Lives through Art, a non-profit program made possible by the Tennessee Arts Commission with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.

The Middle Tennessee Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coalition includes representatives of mental health and substance abuse agencies, providers, advocates, consumers and families who work together to increase awareness of mental illness and substance abuse disorders in our community and remove stigma against persons with brain and substance abuse disorders.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact Judy Reeves at (615) 463-6665.

The Madison Art Center is located at 403 Gallatin Road. Its hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The Green Hills Library is located at 3801 Green Hills Village Drive. The library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday. The Z. Alexander Looby branch library is located at 2301 MetroCenter Boulevard. The library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday.

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