“Mental illness has been in the news a lot recently. Mental Illness is the ‘abandon’ illness of our century. For the past 28 years, NAEMI has made it its mission to give a voice to artists who do not have a voice.By holding the exhibition during May, National Mental Health Month, we hope to bring additional attention to the struggle of those who have been diagnosed with mental illnesses and are silenced and abandoned,” said NAEMI’s Founder, Juan Martin. “Our ultimate goal is to help these artists be recognized and fight the stigma that so often accompanies mental illnesses.”
Featuring the works of artists from Paraguay, Mexico, Cuba, Spain and the United States, this exhibition is sponsored by Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council and the Miami-Dade County Commissioners, Magellan Complete Care, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceutical.
All 46 artworks featured in the exhibition will be available for sale, with the proceeds benefiting the artists and NAEMI. One of NAEMI’s goals is to help artists from around the world by promoting and exhibiting their artwork.
The exhibition begins with an opening reception on May 1st, 2015 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM offering attendees a chance to meet some of the artists and those involved with assembling the show. The exhibit will continue through June 3rd, 2015.
Founded in 1988, NAEMI is dedicated solely to discovering, exhibiting, promoting and collecting the art of persons recovering from mental illnesses.
NAEMI (National Art Exhibition by the Mentally Ill, http://www.naemi.org) is a non-profit organization established in 1988 in Miami, Florida. It was founded by Juan Martin, the current Executive Director, which aims are dedicated to discovering, studying, promoting, exhibiting, and preserving the art of those struggling with mental illness throughout the world.
NAEMI has done during this past 28 years old pioneering work in recognizing the artistic talent among many individuals suffering from mental illness and provides a forum for bringing these talents to public awareness. Every year, their Annual Art Exhibition in Miami receives around 900 entries from all over the USA, Spain, England, Argentina, Paraguay, Mexico, Brazil, and Chile.