Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Life of the Mind

 

Exhibit curated by:

Andrea Melvin, Grand Rapids Public Museum, amelvin@grpm.org

Display period: 2017-2018

 

Impact Upon Exhibition Trend:

Life of the Mind includes historic and archival material, yet this seminal exhibition represents an important bridge toward a new generation of mental health exhibitions for its inclusion of content that develops mental health literacy as a means toward wellness. Its development is a noteworthy example of an entrepreneurial curator working with limited financial resources and in conjunction with students from Calvin College, and others. The innovativeness of this exhibition attracted notice from the New York Times website. An early example of Midwestern leadership of the exhibition trend.

 

 

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The Life of the Mind

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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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