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Your Stories.
Your Wall.

Rethinking Community Building and Mental Health

Mission

We strive to destigmatize mental illness through our collaborative mural making process. We create spaces to discuss mental health and foster new social interactions between people living with mental health conditions and fellow community members.

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Mental Health Awareness

Sometimes we don’t fully understand mental illness and have prejudiced beliefs that can lead to discrimination. Learn how stigma impacts individuals and our communities, and see what we can do to eliminate it.

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1 in 5 New Yorkers experiences a mental health disorder in a given year

COMMUNITY-BASED PROCESS

Our three-phased process grounds the mural design in the ideas, needs, and values of diverse community members.

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Design

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Events

July 26, 2018 9:30 am

Acacia Network Mural Dedication

The NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Kindly invites you to the NYC mural art project’s mural dedication ceremony on Thursday July 26, 2018 9:30 - 11:30 AM at 871 Westchester Ave. Bronx, NY 10459. In collaboration with Lead Muralist Aaron Lazansky-Olivas, Acacia Network, and Foxy Management This program is made possible with the generous support of the New York State Office of Mental Health.

August 1, 2018 9:30 am

Community Access Mural Dedication

The NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Kindly invites you to the NYC mural art project’s mural dedication ceremony on WEDNESDAY August 1, 2018 9:30 - 11:30 AM at 1750 Davidson Ave. Bronx, NY 10453 In collaboration with Lead Muralist Jonathan Souza and Community Access This program is made possible with the generous support of the New York State Office of Mental Health.

May 5, 2018 11:30 am

[past event] Brooklyn Paint Fest

Come out and paint a mural with a Brooklyn artist! Saturday 5/5/18, 11:30am - 4:00pm Join us for an event-filled day of music and mural painting! All ages and abilities welcome! Click "Learn More" to RSVP.

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May 12, 2018 11:00 am

[past event] Bronx Paint Fest

Come out and paint a mural with two Bronx artists! Saturday 5/12/18, 11:00am - 4:00pm Join us for an event-filled day of music and mural painting! All ages and abilities welcome! Click "Learn More" to RSVP.

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January 30, 2018 6:00 pm

[past event] Pop-Up Art Event (Hunts Point)

Work with Bronx Artist Aaron Lazansky-Olivas (“SpazeCraft One”) to develop the mural design! We're exploring the theme of "reflections" and "seeing through a unique lens". Join us to learn more and participate in the mural-making process! We welcome families and community members of all ages and artistic abilities.

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January 31, 2018 5:30 pm

[past event] Pop-Up Art Event (Bed-Stuy)

Work with Bed Stuy Artist Christopher Cardinale to develop the mural design! We'll build an art piece that represents Brooklyn's nurturing support systems and breaks down labels, judgements, and classifications. We welcome families and community members of all ages and artistic abilities.

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February 1, 2018 3:00 pm

[past event] Pop-Up Art Event (Mt. Hope)

Work with Bronx Artist Jon "Phes" Souza to develop the mural design! We'll learn about our own super powers and hidden talents and how we can use them to overcome adversity, combat stigma and help the world! We welcome families and community members of all ages and artistic abilities.

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December 19, 2017 6:30 pm

[past event] Pop-Up Art Event (Morrisania)

Mind MAP & Sonic Portraits Pop-Up Event with muralist Aaron Lazansky: We played with collective Ideas, imagery, graphic scores & projection mapping. Aaron posed the overarching question "What's your vision?" to community members who joined us. Participants responded through 2 interactive stations. We worked on a Mind Map (aka a vision board) and Sonic Portraits where participants explore sound & interactive art in a collaborative way. We were also lucky enough to have delicious food for the night brought to us by the cafe at The Point CDC!

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December 18, 2017 6:00 pm

Pop-Up Art Event (Bed Stuy)

We had a great time with everyone who joined in for our first community event with Services for the UnderServed (SUS)! Shout out to Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's the Economic Solutions Center for hosting, as well as New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), Brooklyn Public Library, Impacct Brooklyn, Lay The Guns Down Foundation, CAMBA, and the many more who came out on Monday night. We talked about the meaning of and stories behind the word “stigma”.

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December 17, 2017 1:00 pm

[past event] Pop-Up Art Event (Mt. Hope)

To kick off our first community event with Community Access, lead artist, Jon "Phes" Souza asked the group a question – “How can we tell a story together?”. That’s what we gathered together to do at Grand Concourse Library. Community members from the surrounding area came together to think about important places in and stories from the neighborhood.

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July 24, 2017 10:00 am

[past event] 34th Street Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

We hosted ribbon cutting ceremony in front of our mural on 34th Street. We were joined by workshop participants, community members, local elected officials, and leadership from the organizations we worked with to turn this mural into a reality.

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July 22, 2017 10:00 am

[past event] TAPCo Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

We hosted our ribbon cutting ceremony at TAPCo to celebrate with the groups who worked with NYC MAP to conceptualize, produce, and install this piece along the perimeter of the school.

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July 11, 2017 5:00 pm

[past event] CS211 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

We hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at CS211 in East Tremont to celebrate the process with the school and the community at large.

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May 13, 2017 9:00 am

[past event] Manhattan Paint Fest

The Hells Kitchen community came together to paint the mural we installed on 34th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.

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May 6, 2017 9:00 am

[past event] Bronx Paint Fest

Community members in Tremont, together with members from VIP Community services, painted the mural we've installed on CS211 on Prospect Avenue!