Avivo ArtWorks



Avivo ArtWorks is a program within Avivo’s Community Support Program (CSP), which supports artists living with mental illness as they create art, build community, and reduce stigma. ArtWorks programming is founded on the principles of arts access, art therapy, and social justice.

According to the National Endowment For The Arts, “When people engage in art, they themselves may change and ‘grow,’ they and their communities can become more vital, and the economic benefits to artists and the overall market can increase and accrue. Art contributes to and enriches the overall quality of life.”

Two artists display a mural in the works as part of Avivo ArtWorks.

“Art therapy… effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.” (American Art Therapy Association)

Avivo ArtWorks activities include:

  • Art classes
  • Art groups
  • Art therapy
  • Art kits
  • Creative writing
  • Performance
  • Community exhibitions
  • Mural-creation
  • Artist career support
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Community organizing

Avivo ArtWorks also includes the ArtWorks Collective, which is a group of professional artists dedicated to strengthening their skills and creating goals, and to challenge stigma related to mental illness. Visit ArtWorks’ gallery on Weebly to see our latest projects and displays.

Current and upcoming shows and exhibitions:

  • Art Made in Community — Ongoing exhibit at Hennepin County Family Justice Center (4th floor, 100 S. 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN)
  • Together We Thrive — January through early January 2021 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Terminal 1 (near Gate E3/E4)
  • Fantastically Dazzling: The Brilliant Colors of Gary R. Melquist at Hennepin Theatre Trust — Virtual opening on Sunday, September 20, 2020
  • Avivo ArtWorks Collective Hennepin Ave Display— November 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021 at Hennepin Theatre Trust (730 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis). View virtual exhibit here.

Our Community Support Program focus areas offer free participation in FoodWorks, NatureWorks, and ArtWorks throughout Hennepin County.

See all of our upcoming events in our November and December calendars.

Please contact us with any questions by emailing Brenda, CSP Program Manager, or by calling 612.752.8520.