Client Art Show 2016
The Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health presented its 12th Annual Client Art Show on May 2, 2016. The show sent a positive message to the community about the power of creative expression in the process of healing and recovering from mental illness. The art show featured artwork in various mediums from acrylic paintings to ink and wood creations created by the Center’s talented clients. Proceeds went to the individual artist. Art classes are a form of therapy, under the direction of Dr. Barbara Golden, volunteer director of arts program and volunteer art teachers: Kathy Azeez, Jerry Golden, Gene Kroner, Nancy Rossi, and Liz Segall.
“As an innovative leader in the mental health community, the Golden Center provides numerous programs, including art classes as a way to help clients cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures that come with creating artwork,” said Dr. Linda De Piano, Chief Executive Officer.
“After seeing these students go through the process of creating these works of art and seeing the boost in their self-confidence when they are finished makes it all worth it,” said Dr. Barbara Golden. “With these students a self-confidence boost is a huge deal and it will help them greatly in their future encounters.”
Since 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May to raise awareness about mental illness. Statistics show 1 in 5 American adults and 1 in 5 children, ages 13 to 18, will experience a diagnosable mental health condition, such as depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.