Brushes with Life Arts Program
Supporting Recovery Challenging Stigma
The Brushes with Life Arts Program is a creative arts program for people in treatment at the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health; members of Club Nova, a local clubhouse for persons with mental illness; and other select community programs in the Chapel Hill area.
Through the creation of visual art, poetry, film, and music, participants find healing and move toward recovery. By connecting with the larger community around their work, they promote a broader understanding of the human side of mental illness.
Artists select a wide range of media to convey their ideas and feelings. They further their talents by participating in program-sponsored art classes. They have opportunities to share their work in the Brushes with Life Gallery located at the NC Neurosciences Hospital, and in traveling exhibitions. Artists also participate in special projects, such as the Dog Arts Parade fundraiser.
Recovery Arts Groups
Brushes with Life offers recovery arts groups at the Carr Mill clinic on Tuesdays and at Wake STEP on Wednesdays. The group offers art classes, which are led by Grayson Bowen.
Contact: Grayson Bowen, Program Coordinator