This exhibition highlights the works of some members of the Academy at Glengary and the Academy at Bradenton who are on their journey to mental health recovery.
Artwork, whether you observe it or create it, has a calming and peaceful effect on mental health. Studies suggest that creating art can have a positive effect in mental health recovery by reducing anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. The creative process can also increase one’s self-esteem and provide an emotional outlet to express feelings which may be difficult to put into words.
The Academy at Glengary and Academy at Bradenton provide a pathway to success, friendship, and careers for adults seeking mental health recovery. Membership at the Academy provides opportunities for wellness, community involvement, and employment. Training and education are offered in a wide range of skill areas including technology, arts & graphics, videography, culinary & hospitality, customer service, and much more. Friendship, fulfillment, employment, and fun are all part of the journey.
The Ringling Community Gallery is always free and open to the public. The public exhibition space is located on the ground floor of the museum’s Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian Art. Those wishing to visit the exhibition should ask for a Community Gallery wristband at the Visitors Pavilion upon arrival at The Ringling.
The Community Gallery is generously funded by The Community Foundation of Sarasota County.