Maryland State Arts Council Searching for Artists to Participate in “New Day Campaign,” Focusing on Art that Conveys Behavioral Health Matters and Healing
Baltimore, MD (August 29, 2018) – Since June, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has adorned its office with artwork by 17 Maryland artists whose work in some way depicts the hardships they face with behavioral health matters. The exhibit, entitled “Dusk & Dawn” is part of the New Day Campaign (http://newdaycampaign.org), an initiative dedicated to using arts programming and public engagement to challenge stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and substance use.
"The Maryland State Arts Council has been thrilled to host the New Day Campaign “Dusk & Dawn” exhibit (http://newdaycampaign.org/seasons/2018/) in our office space and support the organization's effort to facilitate artist participation and bring healing through the arts to a statewide audience," stated Steven Skerritt-Davis, program director, Community Arts Development.
The Campaign is looking for artists of all disciplines to participate in a new statewide initiative, the “Dusk & Dawn” series.
WHAT: New Day Campaign Gallery Reception followed by Presentation
WHEN: Wed., September 12, 2018, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
WHO: Visual artists, performers, writers, or other creative people looking for hope and healing from behavioral health challenges who want to participate in the 2018-2019 New Day Campaign
WHERE: Maryland State Arts Council, 175 W. Ostend St., #E, Baltimore, MD 21230
HOW: Register and find more information here:
“There are so many of us - artists, performers, and writers - throughout the state who are affected by mental illness and substance use disorder - either ourselves or loved ones in our lives,” stated Peter Bruun, founder and director, New Day Campaign. “Our September 12 event provides an opportunity to come together as a creative community with a collective voice, seeking connection over isolation. I look forward to sharing the opportunities on how to become involved with the New Day Campaign programming coming up across the state, helping to build a new day where those with mental illness or addiction are met with compassion and understanding rather than fear and judgment.”
About New Day Campaign
In partnership with numerous public and private art and behavioral health agencies, the New Day Campaign brings arts programming and public engagement to challenge stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and substance use, making the world a more healing place. Bringing people together through art, performance, and words, we share our stories, connect with one another, and learn of the many resources available to us—we together build a new day, where those with addiction and mental illness are met with compassion and understanding rather than fear and judgment. For more information, visit http://newdaycampaign.org/.
About Maryland State Arts Council
Founded in 1967, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is an agency of the State of Maryland Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, and encourages and invests in the advancement of the arts for all Marylanders. Its grants and programs support artists and arts organizations in their pursuit of artistic excellence, ensure the accessibility of the arts to all citizens, and promote statewide awareness of arts resources and opportunities. MSAC awards grants to not-for-profit, tax-exempt organizations and individual artists, and provides technical and advisory assistance to individuals and groups. The agency is funded by an annual appropriation from the State of Maryland and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. MSAC may also receive contributions from private, non-governmental sources. For more information, go to msac.org.
Contact for the media:
Dorothy Fuchs, Purple Dot PR
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Contact for the public:
Janine M. Lis, Maryland State Arts Council
(o) 410 767 6555