What's Left is a multimedia exhibit to create a proactive community dialogue about suicide and mental illness with a goal of reducing the stigma surrounding surrounding them and raising awareness about mental health recovery and suicide prevention. The exhibit is designed to be displayed in a wide variety of settings including community centers, art galleries, schools, libraries and churches.The Mental Health Ministries of St. Joan of Arc and Bethlehem Lutheran Churches are presenting this exhibition during the month of March at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis and the month of April at their Minnetonka campus, 16023 Minnetonka Boulevard. There will be a reception featuring some of the artists on March 10 from 5 - 8 pm with a short program at 7 pm.
Suicide and mental illness are major health problems that affect everyone. The topic is often viewed as taboo, and family members left behind can feel stigmatized and unable to talk openly about their experience and grief. What's Left provides a space for participating artists and the broader community to reflect on the impact of suicide and mental illness and explore the use of artistic expression in the process of grieving, healing, and expressing hope. This project originated with Grand Rapids, MN resident John Bauer, who lost his daughter Megan to suicide in 2013; hear his story, told at the SJA Gym Masses on February 26.
Over 40 of Minnesota's finest artists working in painting, poetry, sculpture, graffiti, glass, fiber, photography, and more have contributed artwork to the project. Viewers of What's Left will also have the chance to listen to an interactive audio installation of stories from survivors.
If you would like to take a group to the exhibit, please contact Meghan Anderson at Bethlehem, 612-312-3413, to assure there are hosts available to help in any way. Let her know if you would like a place to meet with your group after you have seen the exhibit.