“A Week of Artistic Activities” recognizes artwork and accomplishments of participants in COMHAR’s Behavioral Health programs
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PHILADELPHIA- Beginning the week of June 27, COMHAR is set to host a series of art shows to display finished works created by members of its “Art and Recovery” program, which helps participants in COMHAR’s Community Integrated Recovery Centers (CIRC’s) that offer Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services for adults, elderly, Latino, and LGBTQ+ communities. The program focuses on developing members’ artistic talent, which in turn is meant to increase their cognitive function and ability to effectively communicate.
“The Art and Recovery program does incredible work,” said William P. Parfitt, CEO of COMHAR. “COMHAR proudly supports the strikingly beautiful work created by our program participants, with many of their pieces physically displayed in COMHAR buildings and in the homes of our staff and board. We are overjoyed by the success of this program, and look forward to seeing what the group has produced this year.”
COMHAR’s Art and Recovery program serves participants in four of COMHAR’s behavioral health programs, the HOPE Effective Living/ Friendship Support Group Programs for adults and individuals who are 55+ recovering from mental illness; the HOPE Beginnings Program for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders; the HOPE Latino Program for Spanish-Speaking Adults recovering from mental illness; and the Community Living Room for persons living with HIV/AIDS and a mental health diagnosis. The Art and Recovery Program seeks to find the best possible medium for self-expression for each individual member. In doing so, members are given a new means to communicate where previously they may have been unable. These mediums range from paintings, to hand drawn pieces, to mixed media works of art.
“The products of these minds are breathtaking,” said Alicia Mino, Artist and Consultant with COMHAR. “These often overlooked individuals are consistently creating stirring and moving work. The effects this program has had on its members continue to astound me every day. They’re able to impart these introspective and very personal emotions in a new, unique way. I’m so glad their work is being displayed for everyone else to see.”
COMHAR will be displaying the works in shows at four different locations throughout the week: “HOPE Effective Living/Friendship Support Group & HOPE Beginnings” on Monday, June 27th from 1-3:00pm at 2055 E. Allegheny Avenue; “HOPE Latino” on Tuesday, June 28th from 1-3:00pm at 2600 N. American Street; “COMHAR Administration Building” on Wednesday, June 29th from 1-3:00pm at 100 W. Lehigh Avenue; and “Community Living Room” on Friday, July 1st from 10:00am to 12:00pm at 100 S. Broad Street, Suite 1430.
COMHAR creates an environment of trust and support by meeting the individual and family where they are. Together, we identify strengths and goals and develop a plan built on their strengths to achieve their hopes and dreams. COMHAR partners with people of all ages with mental illness, addiction, HIV/Aids and/or intellectual disabilities and support them in their journey toward healthier, more independent, more fulfilling lives. As a diverse human services organization we help create innovative and sustainable communities, meeting their needs today and tomorrow.