Mar 30 Thursday
The new BNYMCA has a new art gallery! Jan Brandt curated the exhibition which will be on permanent display. It was a challenge to decide who to ask for this first phase because we have so many talented artist in our community. Using local artists seemed important to strengthen the message of community which is so important to the Y. The artists represented range in age from 13-60 plus. There are collaborations between a professional artist, Danell Dvorak, and Avah Waldschmidt, a neuro-diverse, non verbal, autistic teen. There is an intergenerational collaboration between a 13 year old artist, Ada Stojentin, and her great aunt, Jan Brandt. Two paintings include the theme of water, with scenes of swim instructors, by Danell Dvorak, and water aerobics, by Sheila Lamberson. One painting has a humorous tone, by artist Jeff Bess. A punch needle piece by Camila Marienela, broaches the topic of immigration services in McLean County. These will be on permanent display at the YMCA. I have attached a recording by Avah Waldschmidt done on her assistive device. I would love to attach more images of the paintings, or meet with a reporter and the artists about the work. The artists names again are: Danell Dvorak, Jan Brandt, Avah Waldschmidt, Ada Stojentin, Jeffrey Bess, and Camila Marianela. Hours of Operation are 5 am -10PM M-F 6AM-8PM Saturday and Sunday. Curator Jan Brandt of Jan Brandt Gallery 309 287 4700
ISU News article: https://news.illinoisstate.edu/2023/03/queer-coalition-to-hold-transgender-day-of-visibility-sashay-march-30/
Mar 31 Friday
Apr 01 Saturday
Bloomington based nonprofit INtegRIty Counseling invites the community to their first open house and auction event on Saturday, April 1st from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
INtegRIty Counseling’s long running “Feed the Pig” campaign has successfully garnered donations and increased awareness of mental health for INtegRIty since December of 2020. As they approach their 9th anniversary of service, INtegRIty has partnered with local artists and businesses to decorate and host ceramic piggy banks culminating in an open house and fundraising auction in support of INtegRIty’s vision of “Stigma-free mental health support for all.”
The open house will begin at 1:00 PM, with the auction beginning at 2:45 PM. The event will be held at INtegRIty Counseling’s main office as well as their newly acquired community space, both located at 502 S. Morris Ave, Suite D & G in Bloomington. All ages are welcome and light refreshments will be served. No prior registration or sign-up is necessary to attend.
For more information, please visit www.integrityhelps.org or call (309) 827-9100.
About INtegRIty CounselingINtegRIty Counseling was founded in 2014 by Luella and Don Mahannah and is a privately run, nonprofit counseling service on Bloomington’s west side. They do not accept insurance and aim to serve the uninsured and underinsured. They are a “pay-as-you-can” agency and rely on client contributions and donations to cover the cost of services. An almost entirely volunteer based organization, INtegRIty works to provide counseling, outreach, and community education on topics related to mental health. Their vision is “Stigma free mental health support for all”, and everyone is welcome regardless of race, gender, belief, orientation, or economic status.
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