The Art of Mental Health
We asked Dr. Miller to share more about her hopes for the community-involved art exhibit that she curated. Dr. Miller’s exhibit, The Art of Mental Health, promotes active efforts toward mental health and wellness.
The exhibit is free and open to the public from November 12th, 2019 to January 24th, 2020 at Duke University’s Ruby Arts Center. An opening reception will be held on November 14th, 2019 from 6-8pm and Dr. Miller will moderate a panel discussion about The Art of Mental Health on December 6th, 2019 at noon.
Additional details about these events can be found here.
Q: What motivated you (as a Psychologist) to curate an art exhibit?
A: There were a couple of factors that motivated me to curate this exhibit. First, I love creating and consuming art. This is one of the key factors in my own wellness, and art helps me to stay grounded, evoke creativity, feel fervent emotions, and connect with others. Second, I reached a point in my career where I felt compelled to engage with my local community to talk about mental health in new ways. Mental health impacts us all – whether it’s our own personal experience or the struggle of someone that we love – but it can sometimes be a difficult topic to discuss.
Q: What impact are you hoping that this exhibit will have on the community?
A: I hope that this exhibit will help reduce stigma and encourage people to talk about mental health more openly. We all can benefit from active work on our mental health, and I think it’s helpful for us to support each other in these efforts. The works of art and accompanying stories in this exhibit are diverse, so I’m hoping that this will inspire everyone who comes to the exhibit to think about their mental health in new ways.
Q: Do you have any future plans for community engagement?
A: Definitely! I see community engagement as an important part of my career moving forward. This type of service is consistent with my values, and it allows me to exercise my creativity in new ways.
Check back in the future to find out more about Dr. Miller's next community engagement project!