ARTS AND PEER SUPPORT GROUP
The Arts and Peer Support Group emerged in 2011 from the collaboration of an expressive therapist from the Art Therapy Institute in Carrboro, NC, a social worker from the School of Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill, and a group of artists from the Triangle Area who hoped for a space to come together in the community, create art, and support one another in the process of mental health recovery. Together, we have explored many art forms (painting, drawing, weaving, collage, sculpture, photography, poetry, music, and others), and in so doing, have come to know, care for, and heal each other. We have exhibited our art in the community, and have shared our work with students, professionals, and other partners. We are committed to maintaining our free, weekly group as a safe space for creative and reflective work, and to remaining “fearlessly out of line” by celebrating ourselves as artists rather than as damaged people, continually challenging the stigma that shapes our public conversation about mental illness.