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, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and “museum without walls” that researches and creates exhibitions that can transform society’s attitudes about, and understanding of, mental health. Through the development of online exhibits, NMMHP does what museums do best – educate, interpret, advance dialogue, and develop literacy on the topic of mental health. 


The Project seeks to:

  • Develop and display exhibitions by facilitating collaboration among artists, curators, mental health professionals, people with lived experience, and others who seek to share talents and knowledge.

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

  • Build alliances with community, local, and national not-for-profit, for-profit, governmental, and educational entities who are similarly interested in creating positive mental health outcomes.

  • Develop a national museum of mental health.

The Project extends from a research fellowship at Assumption University.