Contemporary Craft

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art


Exhibit designed by:

Janet McCall, Contemporary Craft,

Kate Lydon, Contemporary Craft,

Display period: 2015-2018 (multiple locations)


Impact Upon Exhibition Trend:

Until 2015/16, exhibitions and museums about mental health focused almost exclusively on the historic treatment of mental illness. Using art and its open-ended interpretation as a springboard, Mindful plays a critical role in liberating exhibit-based conversations and dialogue about mental health and mental illness. Contemporary Craft’s work is also groundbreaking in terms of their development of a strategy to travel an exhibition about mental health and transfer know-how from one venue to the next. This exhibition ultimately traveled to several states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. 



Michael Janis, Echoes, 2015, Kilnformed glass, glass powder imagery 10” x 30” x 4” Photo: Anything Photographic. 

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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