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Art Happening a Success at Capitol Mental Health Day Rally VISIONS-ART participants gave a strong showing at the non-profit’s first ‘art happening’ during this year’s “Mental Health Day at the Capitol” rally on the front steps of the statehouse in Salem. The Happening included group murals and personal work.

The bright, engaging display called attention to the need for expanded peer services and opportunities for the voices of mental health consumers to be heard. The artistic statements evidenced of the need for artistic expression to have an expanded role in the mental health consumer movement.

Blessing Project of New Arts Studio at Oregon State Hospital
One of the first projects of VISIONS will be the Blessing Project for a new Arts Studio at the Oregon State Hospital, site of the movie "One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest".
So far, we have been able to reach an agreement with Hospital administration to designate an historic cottage on the Hospital grounds to become a functioning arts studio for hospital residents. 
We are planning an art happening, which will be the formal "Blessing of the Arts Studio". We look to mental health consumer/survivors and our supporters from all over Oregon and beyond to help get this wonderful new place for art and healing off to an auspicious start. Write Meghan Caughey at for information on how you can get involved.

Art Inspiring Activism 
VISIONS will inspire persons who have lived experience of mental health challenges to create art that expresses their unique stories, creating opportunities to educate, inform, and transform public perception of what it means to have mental health challenges. 
VISIONS will support the use of art for the following purposes and activities:
  1. Promote activism for social justice
  2. Pursue equality while challenging old ideas that lead to prejudice and discrimination
  3. Open possibilities for new growth and definition
  4. Establish artistic supports for self-expression and self-validation for persons with mental health challenges
  5. Enhance recovery and healing through expressions in art
  6. Drive the systemic health reform necessary to improve mental health services in our communities, states, and the nation
  7. Develop a sense of community in which curiosity and acceptance replace fear and conformity
  8. Assist with creating a shared language of art for persons with mental health challenges
  9. Support and encourage artistic development and arts education for persons in the mental health and cross-disability community 





 "Our brilliance, our juiciness, our spiciness, is all mixed up with our craziness and our confusion, and therefore it doesn't do any good to try to get rid of our so called negative aspects because in the process we also get rid of our basic wonderfulness."    

-Pema Chodron

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