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Northeast Delta HSA to host mental health art exhibition at Union Museum of History & Art

MONROE, LA – Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NEDHSA) opens its Mental Health Art Exhibition at the Union Museum of History & Art in Farmerville beginning January 6 and will host an opening reception on Tuesday, January 9 at 4 p.m. at 211 N Main St, Farmerville, LA 71241. This exhibition is part of the agency’s Art Is Medicine special initiative, an integrated health care, evidence-based prevention, communications, and treatment strategy to help serve persons with mental health, addictive disorders, and developmental disabilities. 

NEDHSA’s Executive Director, Dr. Monteic A. Sizer, said, “the arts can help people come alive in ways traditional treatment options can’t. We believe there is medicine and healing in creative expression.”

“Through this initiative, we commissioned seven regional creatives to develop artwork from their unique perspectives, while also focusing on mental health and addiction-related themes,” Dr. Sizer said. “Through this and other agency efforts, we intend to help create an environment where dreams are realized, families are strong, bodies are healthy, community institutions are thriving, and spirits are renewed.”

Dr. Sizer sparked this creative expression to help unify the region by addressing the challenges associated with mental illness, reducing addiction-related stigma, and working to transform the region’s economy through the arts.

Union Museum of History & Art Program Director Jean Jones said they are “honored to be a host of the “Art is Medicine” exhibit, knowing that mental health issues are a major concern in our region.”

“We believe that art is the language of emotions and that healing can happen through art,” Jones said. “We thank NEDHSA for taking on this initiative and sharing these artworks with the people of Union Parish and throughout Northeast Louisiana.”

The mental health art collection was created with the guidance and partnership of the NELA Arts Council and the Downtown Arts Alliance. The mental health exhibition displays pieces that introduce, inspire, and raise awareness of the various elements of mental/behavioral health, developmental disabilities, and addictive disorders. It features: “Joy is Coming” by JaCera Francois, “Verses of Sinners and Saints” by Keagan Vaughan, “Seen” by Rachel Madden, “Lose of Self” by Inique Harris, “Restored” by Shiketra’ Kween’ May White, “Intrusive Doubt” by Inique Harris, “What It Look Like 2.0 (Ease My Mind)” by Drék Davis, “What It Look Like 2.0 (So Many Tears)” by Drék Davis, “What It Look Like 2.0 (Stressed Out)” by Drék Davis, “What It Look Like 2.0 (Get Free)” by Drék Davis, “Growth” by Rachel Madden, “Fix Me” by Rachel Madden, and “Inside” by Rachel Madden.

The Union Museum of History & Arts hours of operation are Tuesdays – Fridays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and is located at 211 N Main St, Farmerville, LA 71241.

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Dr. Monteic A. Sizer

Dr. Monteic A. Sizer serves as Executive Director of Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (Northeast Delta HSA). He joined the organization in May 2013 as its first Executive Director. He is uniquely qualified to advocate on behalf of citizens located in the twelve Northeast Delta HSA parishes he represents because he exemplifies how people can meet their greatest human potential based on accountability, integrity and a willingness to engage in their own lives.

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