Avivo is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that serves nearly 15,000 Minnesotans each year, helping them achieve recovery, employment and economic advancement. Founded in 1960, Avivo specializes in helping individuals and families who face personal or systemic barriers — poverty, homelessness, joblessness, chemical addiction or mental health concerns — achieve recovery and economic stability.
ArtWorks, a program of Avivo, has been supporting artists living with mental illness since 2004. Avivo’s multi-faceted art studio and programming is a specialized service that assists individuals who are seeking space to make art, receive peer support, build skills and access larger art career resources. In addition, Avivo organizes public projects that challenge stigma and raise mental health awareness. Avivo ArtWorks has previously exhibited with Soo Visual Arts Center, Augsburg College, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Hennepin County Library and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
This exhibit is concurrently being shown in City Place Lofts (8th and Hennepin Ave.).
Artists: Renee F., Johanna Christianson, Gary R. Melquist, Kyrtie Twyla, Gabrielle Anczarski, Maurice Weatherspoon, Tobias, Julia Spencer, Faye Buffington Howell, Ellie Kidder, Douglas Blue, Accola, Ruth Lais, Sarah Wincek, T.L. Reeves, John Casey III, Patti Streeter, Michael Jaeger, Morgan Brooke, Peter F. Hinze, Victoria R. Kelly, Miles Vang, Craig Lebarron, FACES, Kata, Felix Hogren, Jennie Biegler, Cecile Bellamy, Asrael, Ellie of Spotted Dog Art