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Avivo ArtWorks

ArtWorks is part of Avivo’s Community Support Program in Minneapolis and supports 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.

Contact Jes with any questions on ArtWorks by email or phone at 612.752.8282. To qualify for the art program, individuals must be living in Hennepin County, be living with a serious and persistent mental illness, and complete an intake with the Avivo Minneapolis Community Support Program. Walk-in intakes are on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 12:30 PM at 1825 Chicago Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55404. For questions about the intake, please call 612.752.8200.

Avivo ArtWorks has four components:

  1. Open Studio And Activities

    We offer art-based, wellness-focused services to all members of our Avivo Community Support Program-Minneapolis, 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. Our Open Studio hours are Mondays and Thursdays 12:30-4:15 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Members use the studio space to create new artwork and socialize with other artists. Members may also participate in other programming such as art workshops, activities, specialized peer support, and outings.

  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.

  4. Events and Exhibitions

    ArtWorks organizes projects and exhibitions that challenge stigma and raise mental health awareness. Past partners include Hennepin County Medical Center, Soo Visual Arts Center, Augsburg College, Solar Arts Building, Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Learn more about current projects here.


    Current public exhibitions and events:

    Summer Market

    Friday, July 26, 1-4 PM

    Buy art and celebrate the summer season with us! Meet with local artists making art at Avivo ArtWorks! Cash, check, and credit accepted!


    Friday, July 26
    1-4 PM

    Avivo Community Support
    1825 Chicago Ave South
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

    Free and open to the public!

    Learn more about the featured artists here: https://avivoartworks.weebly.com/artcollective.html

    Avivo ArtWorks is an art program that supports artists living with mental illness by offering studio space, specialized career support, and exhibition opportunities. A mission of the program is to challenge mental health stigma.

    Above art by Kimberly A. Laudert


    United Practice
    Art from the Avivo ArtWorks Collective

    As a collective of 16 artists, the Avivo ArtWorks Collective unites together to practice art, embrace diversity, build community, and present their work publicly. “In doing so, we are challenging mental health stigma, and demonstrating that people living with mental illness can achieve success in art and life. We also aim towards building personal leadership, encouraging individuality, and supporting one another in our lives and in recovery.”

    The Avivo ArtWorks Collective is supported by Avivo through career support, social connection, and studio space.

    United Practice is a display of art from the group.

    Exhibition Dates:
    March 6—June 2019
    Public Reception:
    Thursday, March 14
    4—6:30 PM
    Artist Talk: 5:15 PM

    University of Minnesota
    Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

    This show is possible through a partnership with the Institute of Community Integration (ICI) at University of Minnesota through their Art for All program. ICI has been exhibiting art created by people with disabilities at the University of Minnesota and at designated events since 2007. Their art exhibits are always open to the public. More on Art for All: https://ici.umn.edu/art/. Featured above art by Deborah R. Flye.

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