Art for Awareness Day Promotes Consumer Recovery and Creativity

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 | 08:20am

Artists from Across the State Gather in Legislative Plaza

NASHVILLE – May is recognized nationally as Mental Health Month, and on Monday the Fourth Annual Art for Awareness Day held at Legislative Plaza featured the works of 35 artists in recovery from mental illness. The special event was co-sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Middle Tennessee Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coalition.

“As an artist myself, I truly appreciate the works that are displayed in my office each year for Mental Health Month,” said Governor Bredesen. “I congratulate the artists on their recovery and participation.”

Governor Bredesen, TDMHDD Commissioner Virginia Trotter Betts and several members of the General Assembly were presented a unique piece of art created by mental health consumers to display in their offices throughout the month of May in recognition of Mental Health Month. 

“Art is truly a vehicle to recovery from mental illness, and I am so delighted that we have the opportunity to recognize these wonderful artists from across the state,” commented Commissioner Betts. “I admire the courage and commitment of every artist who participates in Art for Awareness Day.”

This year, MTMHSAC’s Jane Baxter was recognized with a certificate from Governor Bredesen for her efforts in Tennessee’s Creative Arts Project. Because of Baxter’s hard work and dedication, mental health consumers from across the state are finding recovery through art.

For more information on Art for Awareness or for additional mental health information, visit or call TDMHDD’s Office of Communications at (615) 253-4812.


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