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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / April 2, 2010 

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Community Events Editors
                                               Arts Reporters
                                               Health Reporters

                               Contact:   Gwen Frisbie-Fulton
                                              
336-631-1223
                                               frisbiefultong@uncsa.edu

 

BREAKING FREE
Community Art Installation, April 14-16, Promotes Recovery from Mental Health Labels


WINSTON-SALEM -- Mainstream society is increasingly narrowing the definition of “normal.” People who are creative, non-traditional, or highly sensitive often view the world differently by design, which may result in not “fitting in,” being labeled, or losing a sense of self.  The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) presents a community art installation, “Unbound: Celebrating Emotional Liberation,” April 14-16, to showcase the stories of people transcending labels and reclaiming their lives.

Dr. Tom Murray, the director of UNCSA’s Counseling and Testing Services, says that the mental health counselors at UNCSA created this event in response to the detrimental effects labels of all types can have on those who don’t fit the mold. 

“Psychiatric labeling and other forms of social labeling can be oppressive to some,” says Murray. “Given that many of our students have been marginalized for their differences, how they look, how they experience and express emotion, and as a consequence have had negative experiences within the mental health system, we wanted to create a venue for UNCSA students and the Winston-Salem community at large to interact experientially with those who have transcended these labels.”

“Unbound” is a multi-media event that runs from Wednesday, April 14, through Friday, April 16, in Eisenberg Social Hall of the Hanes Student Commons on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St.  The opening gala reception, at 6:30 p.m. April 14, will feature art performances and a visual arts display. The visual arts display will be open for viewing from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 14-16.

A feature-length documentary, TAKE THESE BROKEN WINGS, by director and psychotherapist Daniel Mackler, will be shown in Eisenberg on Thursday, April 15, and Friday, April 16, at 7 p.m.  TAKE THESE BROKEN WINGS shows how people can recover fully from schizophrenia without psychiatric medication.

“Unbound” is a joint effort by UNCSA’s Counseling and Testing Services, Office of Student Success, and Residence Life Programs.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

 

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