lived experience discussion panel/AMA
Located at The Bush Barn Art Center, in the The A.N. Bush Gallery. The A.N. Bush Gallery presents major interpretive exhibitions of regional, national, and international artists. It is located on the second floor and is the Art Center’s largest exhibit space.
The Bush Barn Art Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 10AM – 5PM, Saturday & Sunday from Noon – 5PM, and is Closed on Mondays.
Curated by Sarah Zecchini and Sponsored by Salem Health
‘help me…’ is a collection of intimate artwork, installations and interactive experiences from several artists, locally and nationally, who live with mental illness in varying capacities. We are representing artists who live with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar 1 & 2, Major Depressive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Dysthymia and all the gaps and overlap in between them all. The show will consist of affecting visual, auditory, tactile, and other sensory pieces in an attempt to connect with their audiences in a way that would provide insight into their illness and how they view the world.
The goal of this show is to create a broader understanding of mental illness and mental health as a spectrum, and how it affects everyone. The term ‘help me…’ is the very soul of the show. These words have been so stigmatized that it has been associated with apathy, weakness and attention seeking behavior. In my mind, there are none stronger than those who recognize when they need help and seek it. Vulnerability is not an offense. It is beautiful. And we need more of it. We need more resources for those who need it, and a better, more inclusive and encompassing dialogue in what asking for help means, the many ways it can look like, and how we can best respond when someone asks us for it.
We will have several advocacy representatives at the reception on May 3rd @ 530PM to answer any questions, share resources and knowledge.
There will be a Lived Experience Discussion Panel/Ask Me Anything in the A.N. Bush Gallery May 25th beginning at 1PM. All are encouraged to join us. Learn more here.