July 2013



Connect End Heal Stigma

July 6 - August 17, 2013

Through a series of FREE arts events, including exhibitions, hands-on workshops and plays, “Connect Heal End Stigma” shines a light on issues of mental illness, stigma, wellness and recovery, while showcasing and cultivating the talents of the mental health community and general public.

Flyer in English



Sat August 3rd, Reception 6-10pm:

Special Workshop
"Empowerment Buttons"
An Arts workshop with Maria Elena Cruz
Saturday August 3 from 6:30 to 8:30, FREE

What words and images would you use to fight Mental Health Stigma and to empower Recovery and Wellness and Understanding...

In this arts workshop participants will use collage and drawing to create there own custom button...

Our button making machine will take the finished artwork and turn it into a wearable art button..

All materials will be provided...free to all


purchase catalog:

Page Count: 50
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 8" x 10"
Language: English
Color: Full Color with Bleed


“Connect Heal End Stigma” Celebrates mental health awareness and community through connection, featuring original artwork by professional artists, who are also: mental health advocates, community builders, arts educators, and/or family members and/or are persons diagnosed with a mental illness. Through the observation of these courageous and honest works of art, which reveal personal stories and experiences, exhibition viewers will learn about persons with mental illnesses, the stigma they have faced and the many roads of advocacy, wellness and recovery.

Special Hours for this exhibition: Admission FREE
Wed, Thur, Sun 12-5pm and Fri, Sat 12-9pm


Janet Adams,Judy Ann Adams, Stephen Anderson, Theresa Boyd, Leslie Davis, Janice DeLoof, Mannig Gurekian, Olga Lah, Nguyen Ly, David Lucien Matheke, Joella March, Matjames Metson, Dave Parsons, Ann Phong, Karen Feuer-Schwager, Joy Shannon, Craig, Sibley, Sayon Syprsoeuth, Evan Viera


Mannig Gurekian, The Release


Stephen Anderson, The Differnce Between Knowing and Wondering


Ann Phong, Mending


Sayon Syprsoeuth, Birth of the Dragon Lady


Free hands-on workshops in fine art; creative writing / poetry; dance and music will be offered at OCCCA. Workshops will be facilitated by professional artists and include the discussion and creation of artworks reflecting on themes of stigma, wellness and recovery. This experience will enhance the lives of participants, helping to reduce stigma, anxiety and stress and raise self-esteem, while providing a sense of joy and productivity derived from a positive access to their imagination and the healing process of creativity.


Download Workshop Schedule

FREE, all materials included, bring the family!


Two Watercolor workshops
July 10th & 28th: 10:00am to 12:00am
Artist, Educator, Family member, Greg M. Atkin (of Artisan StudioWorks) will conduct a watercolor workshop entitled: “You are an original Artist”. Participants will learn many aspects of water color techniques and create finished paintings reflecting their experience.


Two Printmaking workshops

July 12th & 13th: 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Artist, educator, family member & lived experience and exhibiting artist, Joy Shannon will conduct print making workshops. Participants will create their own original printing plate and prints, while learning aspects of calligraphy and foam etching and inking and printing techniques. Images relating to stigma, recovery and wellness will be presented and discussed.


Two Multi-Media workshops

July 17th & 20th: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Artists, Educators, Mental Health Arts Advocates, Family members and Exhibiting Artists Joella March and Mannig Gurekian (center) will conduct an all day mixed media art workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and create artworks reflecting on the theme of stigma reduction, wellness and recovery. Joella March and Mannig Gurekian (Artist-Educators)


Three Drawing Out Stigma workshops
July 25th: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
August 4th: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
August 15th: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Toni Ivashkov (Artist -Educator)
In this drawing workshop, participants will learn how to release inner thoughts and feelings about the stigma of mental illness using a universal vocabulary of expressive line gestures and color on paper. Their awareness and ability to use intuitively understood elements to express their feelings in a creative, communicative, and therapeutic manner will be increased. Participants will be each asked to share with the group and write about the feeling expressed in each of the art pieces they have created. One of the two workshops will be taught by a bi-lingual ethnic artist.


Two Writing Seminar workshops
July 18th: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
July 27th: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Writer, Educator, PhD is professional MH worker Casey Dorman PhD will conduct a workshop-seminar on writing. During this workshop participants will explore feelings about stigma, wellness and recovery.

Two Poetry workshops
July 31st & August 10th: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Published Writer, Performing Poet, Educator, Community Builder, A.K. Toney will conduct poetry writing workshops focusing on the theme of personal experiences with stigma reduction, wellness and recovery. This workshop is designed to introduce students to the Japanese form of poetry called Haiku. This process will allow the student to express their truth while giving them an understanding of a standardized form of poetry thus teaching the students to write poetry while telling their truths about stigmas.


Frame Drum workshop

August 6th: 1:00pm to 3:30 pm
Musician, Educator, Mental Health Arts Advocate Miranda Rondeau will conduct a presentation and hands-on Frame Drum workshop. During this workshop participants will explore feelings about stigma, wellness and recovery. (frame drums will be provided)

Two Music Meets Art workshops
August 7th & 17th: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Toni Ivashkov (Artist -Educator)
In these workshops, participants will work with different art media exploring new creative techniques for expression of feeling and experiences with mental health. Along with the art will be live music, which will enhance the workshop, creating deeper relaxation and inspiration and direct the participants to be in touch with another sense. One of the two workshops will be taught by a bi-lingual ethnic artist.

Two Dance and Movement workshops
August 11th & 14th: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Educator, MS, LMFT, Lived Experience, Dancer; Chandra Chaikin, will conduct an introduction to dance movement workshop with a focus on body awareness, expression of feelings using the body and an opportunity to move expressively utilizing rhythm, breath and/or shape. (all percussion instruments , props and art supplies to use during the workshop will be provided)


The feeling of separateness for those diagnosed with any level of mental illness can be acute and the thought that one is entirely alone can be difficult, and at times extreme. Through a compelling script of deeply moving vignettes, the raw, honest and poetic tone of "I Live In Your World" gives voice to a marginalized population of persons with mental illness, communicating personal stories and messages that engage the audience on an intimate and universal level

Maria Cominis – Director
Bruce Goodrich – Producer
Jonathan Castanien – Stage Manager
Vanessa Espino – Playwright
Amy Shuffield – Scenic/Costume Designer
Harrison Haug – Lighting Designer
Kyle Swafford – Sound Designer
Raul Miranda – Technical Director

Jonathan Fahn
Caroleanne Johnson
Donald Russell
Selene Perez


Limited Seating, 1st come 1st served basis: FREE

July 6th at 4:00 & 6:30
July 7th at 4:30
July 13th at 4:00
July 14th at 4:30
July 20th at 6:30
July 27th at 4:00 & 6:30
August 3rd at 4:00 & 6:30 & 9pm

Grand Central Art College, Theater:
125 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA. 92701


Events will promote a message of community building and stigma reduction, serving as a catalyst to enrich the lives of all participants.

Funded by the County of Orange Health Care Agency, Behavioral Health Services,
Prevention and Intervention Division, Mental Health Services Act /Prop. 63


Press Mentions:

'Connect Heal End Stigma' OC Weekly, By Erin DeWitt


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