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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.

In Michigan, one in five adults will experience a mental health disorder at some point in their life, yet many of them do not access the treatment they need.

Details: Call 810-257-3705. — G.G.

Hurley competes for $20,000 in contest

FLINT — Hurley Children’s Hospital, the only Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospital in the region, and one of only four in Michigan, could win $20,000 in an online contest sponsored by CU Direct. Hundreds of hospitals are vying for the prize around the nation.

CU Direct, ( the nation’s leading provider of lending, automotive and strategic solutions to the credit union industry, is celebrating its 20th anniversary by holding this special contest that will end with one CMN Hospital receiving a $20,000 donation from CU Direct. Credit unions and the general public are invited to visit and cast their vote daily for the CMN Hospital of their choice.

The hospital with the most votes were announced on Dec. 23 and will receive $20,000 from CU Direct. The credit union with the most votes toward the winning hospital will be invited to co-present the $20,000 check from CU Direct to the winning hospital in early 2015.

If Hurley should win, the money will go directly to our Children’s Hospital, enabling us to continue providing exceptional care for all pediatric patients. — G.G.

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