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 11 a.m. 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 12:30-4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 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:


    Art by Morgan Brooke

    Breaking Barriers Through the Arts

    December 5, 2019 – January 29, 2020

    On display in Cargill Hall December 4 through January 29, the show features artwork created during COMPAS-facilitated workshops for Avivo participants living with serious and persistent mental illness. Including visual and literary arts as well as music, the exhibition works to challenge mental health stigma, raise awareness, and strengthen the artistic community formed by this partnership which was made possible through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. A presentation by Avivo about their partnership with COMPAS begins at 6 pm and includes talks and performances by participating artists. Learn more about the project here.   


    Minneapolis Central Library

    Cargill Hall, 2nd Floor

    300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55404



    Peter F. Hinze: Being Mind

    January 9 – February 25, 2020

    We are proud to share that ArtWorks has launched a partnership with Hennepin County Library – East Lake to present solo exhibitions from members of the Avivo ArtWorks Collective throughout 2020.

    Our first featured artist is Peter F. Hinze. His exhibit is currently on display and exhibits a combination of his landscapes and abstract art.

    Artist Statement:
    “I have to try to work with my anxiety and depression every day. I do that by trying to stay in my “being mind” rather than in my “doing mind” all of the time. In my “doing mind” my thoughts tend to race, I multitask and I lack focus. If I can manage to stay in my “being mind” I am more patient, more in the present, less needing to control, and more creative. I tend to find it easier to stay in “being mind” more when I am doing my art. For me it is important not to try and control the outcome of a painting too much. I like to stay playful and spontaneous with it.


    Hennepin County Library – East Lake

    2020 East Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55406

    Free and open to the public.


    Art Made in Community

    August 8, 2019 – July 2020

    Avivo is thankful to partner with Hennepin County to present Art Made in Community, exhibiting 30 pieces of art made by members from the Avivo Minneapolis Community Support Program.



    Hennepin County Family Justice Center

    4th Floor

    100 S. 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401

    Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM

    Free and open to the public when the courthouse is open.

    Above art by Michaela R. Rachor


    Together We Thrive

    January – December 2020

    Together We Thrive, an art display celebrating recovery and community, opened January 2nd at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport! A big thanks goes to Arts@MSP for their support!

    Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
    Terminal 1, Near Gate E3 / E4

    Artists on Display:
    Heather Spielman, Morgan Brooke, Tommie L. Blackwell, Faye Buffington-Howell, Martha Bird, Peter F. Hinze, Aaron Jay, Julia C. Spencer, Ashley Adams, Glenn Wm. Wymore, Tobias, Kimberly A. Laudert, Michaela Rachor, Douglas Blue, Ruth Lais

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