FACEing Mental Illness: The Art of Acceptance

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Date(s) - Friday, September 1, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



FACEing Mental Illness: The Art of Acceptance

The “FACEing Mental Illness: The Art of Acceptance” book — a collection of artwork and stories from the project — has just been released by Peppertree Press. A special offer for this launch, books will be available to purchase at $15 a copy, and you will have an opportunity to meet some of the artists. Georgia Court of Bookstore1 has also generously offered to donate her store’s portion of the proceeds to our local NAMI chapter.


Short panel discussion, Q & A and book reception. Wednesday, September 6, 5 p.m., Community Foundation of Sarasota County, 2635 Fruitville Ave. Sarasota. Seating is limited, RSVP required (carrie.seidman@heraldtribune.com, or call 941-361-4834)

Discussion will focus on the impact of the project, and how we might extend into the future its mission of eliminating the stigma of a mental health diagnosis and build a more cohesive community. Due to the limited seating, this free event does require an RSVP with names of anyone attending. You may reply by email to carrie.seidman@heraldtribune.com, or call 941-361-4834. RSVP will be taken on a first contact, first served basis.


The “FACEing Mental Illness art exhibition will be installed at the Venice United Church of Christ, September/October. The exhibit is available to other venues. Feel free to give any interested parties my contacts (carrie.seidman@heraldtribune.com, or call 941-361-4834).

The project documentary/film is currently in the editing process, release projected for some time later this fall. We are in the process of searching for a location for a premiere screening. We also hope to submit the documentary for consideration in the 2018 Sarasota Film Festival next spring.

 Mid-September, I will be returning to Atlanta and The Carter Center to report back on the results of my project as my fellowship year ends. I was selected from among those in the fellowship class to give a special presentation to Carter Center donors, an honor which is a tribute to all of you and your participation. 

To date, we have published 37 profiles in the Herald-Tribune and there are still a few forthcoming. If you know of anyone who has yet to tell their story but would like to, please have them contact me at carrie.seidman@heraldtribune.com, or call 941-361-4834.

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