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Walt’s Waltz “Mental health Moonshot” art exhibition opens at GCCA on May 3rd

May 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mental Health Moonshot is a featured group exhibition at GCCA’s Community Gallery that beckons us to embark on a monumental journey aimed at unraveling the complexities of mental health and dismantling the barriers of stigma. Mental Health Moonshot stands as a collective outcry for equity for those captured by mental health struggles. This exhibition is more than a showcase; it is a beacon of hope piercing the darkness of mental health struggles. Walt’s Waltz in partnership with GCCA is committed to erasing stigmas and reducing suffering as they work as a catalyst for change. Jess Abbott, GCCA’s CEO, states, “Amidst all the colors and creations in the arts, lies a canvas for healing. At GCCA, we recognize the profound intersection between mental health and artistic expression. As the first Stigma Free Zone in Greenville, SC, we proudly champion the power of creativity in nurturing mental wellness. Our commitment extends beyond our walls, as we embark on an enlightening journey with ‘Walt’s Waltz’ in 2024, reaffirming our dedication to education and advocacy. Together, let’s ensure that the vital dialogue surrounding mental health remains vibrant and unyielding.”

With a dual-fold theme of hope and resilience, the exhibition delves into the triumphs and tribulations of individuals grappling with mental health conditions. As researchers push the boundaries of understanding underfunded fields including genetics and epigenetics, there is hope for those facing treatment-resistant conditions. Similar to the ‘71 War of Cancer and now the Cancer Moonshot, a Mental Health Moonshot is an essential declaration as behavioral health struggles are complicated. With the last words from her son, “Mom, sometimes people just don’t get better,” Walt’s Waltz founder, Susan Crooks, and the entire Walt’s Waltz team invites you to them in their declaration “We must do better.”

About the Artists & Advocates for Mental Health

Mental Health Moonshot is driven by a collective of artists who create artworks that advocate for mental health awareness and social change. The featured artists are Traci Wright Martin, Will Crooks, Kara Bender, Aldo Muzzarelli, Amanda Barbarito, Elisa Golden, Connie Lippert, Terrell Washington, Sherrill Hill, Barbara Castenada, Samantha Goss, Tania Ro, and local poet and psychiatrist Frank Clark, whose poetry is paired with artist Lisa Teo’s work couriered to GCCA from Malaysia. These artists challenge stigma and encourage understanding. Their artwork reflects the emotional depth of lived experiences while underlining the importance of destigmatizing mental health issues within our communities.

After the opening on May 3rd, the exhibition will be on display until June 26th. Admission to GCCA to view the art exhibition is free and open to the public during regular open hours.

Learn More about Walt’s Waltz: https://www.waltswaltz.com/


May 3
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Greenville Center for Creative Arts
101 Abney St
Greenville, SC 29609
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