The Martin Community Support Program in Martin, KY is proud to present artwork that uses various mediums of self expression. This artwork shows the very heart of our Appalachian culture when sketch pads and other materials were not always available in the area. By using cigarette/tobacco box backs, pop boxes and scrap paper, our clients are exploring all aspects of how sketches/paintings were once presented along with themes in some of the art that was once used in our region of Kentucky.
The Martin Community Support Program treats individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness. A severe mental illness can include a person who suffers from Major Depression, Schizophrenia, Psychotic Disorder or Bi-Polar disorders. Each painting or sketch will include some form of emotional healing or a decrease in inner conflict. All the artwork combined has a symbol of recovery painted or drawn somewhere on each individuals canvas or sketch. Using art involves person-centered therapies. Each therapy includes self-exploration, recovery and increasing self-esteem for each person who participates.
By using expressive arts among this population, a medium of language is created in speaking to the client, the therapist and the public. The arts are a potent media in which our clients are able to discover, explore, experiment, experience and accept unknown pieces of them-selves.
Art is one of the platforms that our clients are using to speak out their message, "I am in recovery. I am an individual apart from my diagnosis. I am more than my mental illness. The mental illness from which I suffer, that has made me human, also gives me insight into what it means to live and not just exist. My message to the world is that there is hope and healing. My artwork displays the example of what it means to recover and live as a normal person with a mental illness."
We have three Day Training sites offering year round sales of plants and wood work items.
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