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Avivo ArtWorks

Avivo ArtWorks supports working professional artists living with mental illness as they create art, build community, and fight stigma around mental illness. Through a community-focused and recovery-based approach, ArtWorks offers a multi-faceted art studio and programming that help artists set and reach their professional goals. Goals include making new art, connecting with other artists, and accessing exhibition and grant opportunities. The program also organizes projects to achieve its mission – to challenge stigma and raise mental health awareness. The program is located in Minneapolis and is part of Avivo’s community support program (CSP).

Avivo ArtWorks has three components:

  1. Open Studio And Activities

    We offer art-based, wellness-focused services to all members of our community support program (CSP), which specializes in serving adults living with serious and persistent mental illness. The program’s art studio is open to CSP members at specified times during the week, usually early and late afternoons, for two to three hours.We offer art-based, wellness-focused services to all members of our community support program (CSP), which specializes in serving adults living with serious and persistent mental illness. The program’s art studio is open to CSP members at specified times during the week, usually early and late afternoons, for two to three hours.

    Members use the studio space to relax, create new artwork, and socialize with other artists. Members also may also participate in other Avivo ArtWorks programming, such as:

    • Art workshops, activities, and outings
    • Specialized peer support and advocacy
  2. Personalized Career Support

    In addition to studio time, Avivo ArtWorks offers career support for artists. Staff members get to know you, your work, and assist with setting goals and/or develop your artistic voice. This includes writing an artist resume, statement, and artist’s bio. We also help with applying for grants and exhibitions and developing an online presence.

  3. The Collective

    Avivo ArtWorks supports dedicated artists who are committed to strengthening their professional artist skills and goals. They organize as Avivo ArtWorks Collective to create art in community and challenge stigmas related to mental illness. Collective members are actively engaged in the local arts community in addition to exhibiting their work. Collective members are established based on an application process.

    Learn more about The Collective, benefits, and upcoming exhibitions and events.