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Traveling art show fights stigma of mental illness

FLINT — Genesee Health Center will be hosting the 3rd Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards’ (MACMHB) statewide traveling art show, “Creative Minds Changing Minds,” in conjunction with the Vista Center and other local artists.

The first showing was at the Art Walk on Dec. 12 downtown Flint and then will join other Vista artwork displayed at the Courtland Center Mall, center section, through Dec. 31.

The goals of the two-year traveling art show are to help de-stigmatize mental illness, developmental disabilities and addictive disorders by showcasing the multidimensionality of the artists and to highlight the recovery potential of art.

“We know that many great artists experienced mental illness,” said Danis Russell, CEO of GHS. “For hundreds of years, their famous works of art have helped change attitudes while enriching people’s lives. We are pleased to present this show of Michigan artists who have used art to help their recovery and build life skills.”

Michigan’s Community Mental Health (CMH) organizations submitted works of two-dimensional art, including paintings, drawings, prints, fabric and photography. Entrants discussed what art means to them, including what they like about art, what creating art does for them and if art helped in their recovery and life skills development.

Details: Call 810-257-3705. — G.G.

Point to host Living Nativity

GOODRICH — The Point Church will host a community Drive Thru Nativity for three nights this holiday season, Dec. 19-21, at their Goodrich location at 9430 Perry Rd., from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

See the Christmas story like never before! Community families are invited to enjoy the live nativity from the comfort of their cars where they will drive through Bethlehem and interact with the local people as the nativity account unfolds right before their eyes.

The drive thru nativity is free of charge and complimentary hot chocolate and coffee will also be provided to each vehicle. This is the fifth year The Point has put on the annual Drive Thru

Nativity in Goodrich.

The Point will host four Christmas Celebrations at four different locations on Christmas Eve. All celebrations will provide childcare for children 0-3 years old.

Celebration times and locations are listed below:

Grand Blanc – 2 p.m. – Woodland Park Academy, 2083 E Grand Blanc Rd. Grand Blanc.

Goodrich – 4 p.m. – The Point Goodrich, 9430 Perry Rd. Goodrich.

Downtown Flint – 6 p.m. – The Point Downtown Flint, 718 Oak St. Flint.

Details: Call 810-636-7775. — G.G.

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