An art exhibition sharing stories to overcome stigma related to substance use disorder, mental health challenges, and trauma. On view the month of June, 2019, Sticks & Stones may be seen during limited viewing hours (June 24-26, Noon-5pm), and during public programs June 23 and June 27.

The Institute for Integrative Health
1407 Fleet Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

About the Exhibition

The exhibition features works in eight sections:

Stigma: works by Ursula Cain Jordan, Yemonja Smalls, Sam Jesner, Lee Stierhoff, Nikia Kigler, Chris Kojzar, Sallah Jenkins, and Raymond Bartock open up awareness on what we stigmatize.

Sticks & Stones (Thorn): literal “sticks and stones” (painted walking sticks and rocks) by artist “Thorn”who spent a lifetime coping with the debilitating impact of schizophrenia.

Voice: artists Bounge, Gloria Garrett, Michelle Labonte, Ben Cricchi, Anthony Ness, and Carolyn Anne Watts giving voice to painful experiences connected to behavioral health.

Stories: a photo essay sponsored by Powell Recovery Center on stories around treatment and recovery of Powell clients (photos by Ken Royster, story by Peter Bruun).

Too Much & Again: watercolors by Nancye Hesaltine accompany her journey from over-prescription to medication to a medication-free self, alongside drawings by Dorothy Wetzler Bracken, whose own artistic promise was undone by a life made hazy from over-medication.

Conversation: artworks by Sandy Arnold, Darrin Isom, Valerie Paulsgrove, Darcie Moloshok, John Viles and Grace Weltman are born from exchange or conversation.

Purpose: works by ellen cherry, Theresa Clower, Tiffany Jones, Annie Howe, Sharon Strouse and Kristin Rita Strouse, artists whose works take on a healing mission beyond any single work of art.

Vet Arts Connect: artists Earman Branch, Jon Meadows, James Miller, Ragtime, and participants in Mindfulness and Visual Art class at the Loch Raven VA Clinic demonstrate the power of Vet Arts Connect and how art heals. Read more here.

Public Programs


Sunday, June 23

3:00pm-5:00pm (program begins 4:00pm)

Sponsored by and presented in partnership with Powell Recovery Center, stories of hurting and healing in connection to addiction, mental health challenges, and trauma. Rising Baltimore star Kondwani Fidel sets the stage with a sharing of his story and how writing has saved him. The program includes testimonials and performance from veterans involved in The Institute for Integrative Health‘s Vet Arts Connect program, the inaugural screening of a video about “The Road to Recovery is Paved with Love,” and testimonials from clients of Powell Recovery Center as a series of inspirational podcasts on the recovery journey are released to the public.


Thursday, June 27

6:00pm-9:00pm (program begins 7:00pm)

As the New Day Campaign permanently closes its doors upon the conclusion of Sticks & Stones, the initiative’s founder Peter Bruun invites those who have made it what it is to join him as they look back and forward at the many who use art to tell stories and shift perceptions, be they a part of the New Day Campaign’s legacy or independent of it. This event includes: performances from ellen cherry, Simone Speed, George Spicka, Phylicia Ghee, Maria Broom, and Kondwani Fidel; presentations from those whose work is included in the show and others taking on or affected by behavioral health challenges; resource tables and art activities; turkey and vegetarian chili and more from The Classic Catering People. The evening concludes with the awarding of ten Pebble Power Prizes to those who through their art and life are making a difference in challenging stigma and making the world a more healing place.

All events free and open to the public.

Year of the Veteran: Creativity, Healing, and Well-being

On June 19, The Institute for Integrative Health, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Maryland State Department of Education present a special RSVP-only event to announce the Veteran-Ready Community Arts Micro-credential course, a new suite of competency-based professional learning courses for facilitators of creative classrooms geared toward veterans. Visit here for details and to RSVP

Sticks & Stones is made possible with support from the Lindy Lord Family Fund, Nancy Patz Reading Fund, and Powell Recovery Center.

Thank you also to Fairy Dust Donors: Ashley Addiction Treatment, Amy Borden, Richard Chisolm, The Institutes for Behavioral Resources, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kristin Rita Strouse Foundation, Maryland Coalition of Families, Mental Health Association of Maryland, NAMI Maryland, and On Our Own of Maryland. These individuals and organizations have contributed to support the Pebble Power Prize, awarded on June 27 to ten individuals making a healing difference with their creativity and lives: Clarence Brown, ellen cherry, John Viles, Gloria Garrett, Phylicia Ghee, Tiffany Jones, Michelle Labonte, Cyril Scovens, Simone Speed, and George Spicka.

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