Why do we need the Painted Brain community?
Painted Brain started in response to a specific problem with the mental health system, the emphasis on individualized treatment. Mental illness impacts social communication, possibly the most significant impact because we are social creatures. Our ability to get our needs met depends largely on our social skills. Art and art activities promote interaction and allow for a sense of safety. Painted Brain is a collection of such activities, along with a team to help run, promote and develop it. All of this is in the service of building communities of artists. Ultimately we see art and group activities becoming a focus of mental health policy and service provision.
We need a place where people with extreme emotions and intense, non-typical mental experiences can come together and make something happen. We hope that Painted Brain is that place. Our potential is limitless.