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ARTIST STATEMENT: I created these two pieces with a cause. My art represents who I am and who I want to be. I enjoyed this experience because I could work with a peer group invested in learning about each other’s art process. So many unexpected people participated in this project, which made me so happy! Watching my friends create their pieces and be able tp explain their thoughts visually was inspiring! I would like the viewer of my work to create meaning from my art.

“Blue Skies” by Joseph Draper

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  • How Does It Feel?

    The goal of the student art exhibit is to foster the connection between mental health and the arts. How Does it Feel? Is the question we asked student artists at the Chicago Excel Academy - Roseland school to answer. We wanted to know what mental health means to them. What does it look and feel like visually? Students work was framed and displayed at our inaugural Mardi Gras for Mental Health Gala for patrons to view and bid on. Proceeds from any work sold will be split 50/50 between the student and as donation deposited into our Therapy Fund.

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