The National Museum of Mental Health Project researches the use of exhibits to transform society's attitudes about,

and understanding of, mental health. 

The Project seeks to:

  • Share research related to exhibits about mental health and wellness. 

  • Facilitate collaboration among artists, curators, exhibit designers, mental health professionals, people with lived experience, and others who seek to share knowledge.

  • Inspire the development of a national museum of mental health that is a museum-without-walls. This may take the form of a new nonprofit entity, or emerge organically from vigorous collaboration and sharing of know-how.

 

The Project extends from a research fellowship at Assumption College. 

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Amy Kerr Draws Portraits

I Am More

Exhibit contact information:

Amy Kerr, amykerrdraws@gmail.com

Display period: 2018-current

 

Impact Upon Exhibition Trend:

This is an excellent example of a museum-without-walls (a.k.a. distributed museum), whereby a mental health exhibition is transformed into public art for viewing outside of a museum. I Am More brings the exhibition to the viewer, which requires it to be scaled to fit venues where people carry on everyday activities. This exhibition, which consists of hand-drawn portraits of real people accompanied by their own words and stories, has been displayed in a library, coffee shop, bookstore, bank, hospital, food pantry, suburban mall, yoga studio, and more. Initially conceived to address the challenges of mental illness, the exhibition additionally features individuals whose lived experience includes trauma and unexpected adversity, such as a veteran with PTSD, and a Holocaust survivor.  In terms of number of display locations, this is the most frequently-traveled exhibition our research has uncovered.

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