Changing Minds II: Work by Patients at St. Peter Regional Treatment Center opens May 4

Mankato Times

SAINT PETER, MINN. – “Changing Minds II: Work by Patients at St. Peter Regional Treatment Center” will be on display at the Arts Center of Saint Peter from May 4-27, 2018.

The exhibition includes more than 150 original works of visual and literary art created over the past two years by artists working independently and those who participated in year-round art and writing classes facilitated by Arts Center staff. Classes took place both at the Arts Center and at SPRTC, which is operated by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

“We are so pleased with our continued relationship with the Arts Center, and the staff there who have created opportunities for patients to explore the arts. This exploration allows them to express themselves, learn about themselves, and take pride in their talents and skills. It gives them an opportunity to be artists and be recognized as artists,” said Carol Olson, executive director of forensic services for DHS. “We’re grateful for this opportunity to dispel the stigma of mental illness in such a unique way.”

The public is invited to attend the opening reception at the Arts Center on Friday, May 4, 5-7 p.m. at the Arts Center. The Therapeutics, a band comprised of MSH patients and staff, will perform throughout the reception. A private event for exhibiting artists who are unable to attend the public reception will also take place.

A concurrent exhibition of selected artifacts from the St. Peter State Hospital Museum’ will be on display at the Treaty Site History Center, 1851 North Minnesota Ave., St. Peter, showcasing the history of Minnesota’s first and oldest state hospital. The institution opened in 1866 to provide treatment for and assist in the recovery of individuals who have mental health, chemical dependency and cognitive diagnoses.

Since 1979, the Arts Center of Saint Peter has hosted creative performances, classes for youth and adults, exhibits and more, serving residents of Saint Peter and the surrounding region. The galleries are free and open to the public. Hours and information are at www.artscentersp.org.

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