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Artists on the Edge: Healing and Recovery through Arts

If you’ve walked through the MTKO Dining Room on a Wednesday afternoon lately you may have seen a table of artist working on their latest masterpiece. We are happy to announce a partnership with Artists on the Edge and Writer’s Wordshop.

This program began over twelve years ago and are sponsored by CenterPointe, Inc. and City of Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department, through the F Street Community Center. Today Artists on the Edge and Writer’s Wordshop provides resources and support to artists and writers of various backgrounds and disciplines. 

Artists on the Edge and Writer’s Wordshop were created in response to data collected from two separate outcome studies. The studies indicated that approximately one-third of individuals completing mental health or substance abuse treatment programs specified that throughout the course of their treatment, no attention was offered regarding their music, dance, writing, and/or artistic abilities. The overwhelming response lead to the creation of the open studio times for both programs. Since the inception of the Artists on the Edge and Writer’s WordShop, it has been noted that participants’ use of emergency services such as hospital admissions has significantly decreased. 

Be on the lookout for some of these masterpieces on display in the Dining Room soon.