Art of Recovery

The SCDMH Art of Recovery project recognizes the talent of people who live with mental illnesses and the role that creative outlets like art can play in the recovery process.  The project features artwork by people who receive care through SCDMH programs by framing and displaying the pieces in the central administration building in downtown Columbia.

Pictures rotate on a bi-annual basis, creating a living gallery with a message of hope for all who walk through the halls at 2414 Bull Street.  The colorful and beautiful pictures reflect the breadth of skill and range of experiences of the individuals who live with mental disorders.  Their talent reminds us that they are more than just a diagnosis.

The Art of Recovery features competitions open to people receiving services through the department. Winners of the competition, judged by local artists, are initiated into the “Order of the Brush”; some of the program’s outstanding artwork is displayed in galleries and shows.

Mental illnesses are treatable, medical disorders.  They are real.  But so is recovery.

Stop by and see the artwork Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., or call (803) 898-8582 for information.

Special thanks to BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina for their generous contributions and support.

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