ABC No Rio — Bipolar Art

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Date/Time: 16/12/2004 12:00 am

Nsumi is conspiring with this collective : Icarus Project
check out their show, opening tomorrow thursday, @ abcNoRio ( 7PM – 9PM )
The Icarus Project (www.theicarusproject.net, a blossoming online
support community, launches art show to help reframe the way our
society thinks of mental illness and celebrate the brilliance and
creativity of those labeled with “bipolar disorder.”
Who: Thirty artists who struggle with bipolar disorder and similar
diagnoses, professional and lay, show their work in a variety of 2
dimensional media. Throughout the duration of the show, The Icarus
Project’s peer-based support groups will gather in the gallery to
create a welcoming space where people can feel part of a community as
we approach the shortest days of the year.
The Icarus Project website and community is a place for people who feel
alienated by conventional conceptions of mental illness and are
building an alternative support network for people with bipolar
disorder and related struggles.
Where: ABC No Rio Art Gallery http://abcnorio.org
156 Rivington Street (between Suffolk and Clinton)
Opening Night Thursday December 16th 7:00pm (no RSVP necessary)
Gallery Hours/Icarus Community Gatherings
Tuesday 5-7 Thursday 5-7 Sunday1-3 until January 20th, 2005
Why: According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it is
estimated that up to 22% of the US population (approximately 44.3
million people) struggle with mental illness, and between 1.5 and 3% of
the US population (up to 5 million people) struggle with bipolar
disorder in particular. For many, the holidays and the dark months of
winter are particularly difficult. Nonetheless, there is very little
public discussion of these conditions and very little that offers real
hope, leaving an astonishing number of people feeling deeply isolated
in their daily efforts to survive. The Icarus Project, through its
grassroots website, support groups, and publications, is actively
building community around a vision of mental illness that moves beyond
the limiting definitions of “disease” and “disorder.” This vision
acknowledges both the hardship and the tremendous gifts of creativity,
compassion, and courage that these struggles entail. This artshow is
the project’s first effort to assemble a visual testament to a more
complex and inspiring conception of mental illness.

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