Creativity Caravan, Mental Health Assoc. of Essex & Morris, Inc.

My Mother’s Keeper


Exhibit designers:

Maya Stein, Creativity Caravan,

Amy Tingle, Creativity Caravan,

Renee Folzenlogen, Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc. (NJ),

Display period: 2018-2019 (multiple locations)


Impact Upon Exhibition Trend:

This exhibition takes the perspective of family members of those who suffer from mental illness. Through multiple daughters’ creations of collages, paintings, drawings, and other forms of art, this exhibit illustrates the struggles that daughters face who have mothers who experience various forms of mental illness. Some exhibitions seek to explicitly educate visitors about the terminology related to mental illness. In contrast, My Mother’s Keeper seeks to “allow space for language to emerge” so dialogue can occur. Sometimes, unhelpful language needs to be unlearned, and visitors have a chance to write about any relationship important to them and put the letters in a cauldron, to be able to release their thoughts.



My Mother's Keeper - images used with permission of the Creativity Caravan

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 University. 

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