Expressive Arts Program Art Show at the Half Moon Bay Library

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We are delighted to partner with the Half Moon Bay Library during Mental Health Awareness Month to share our clients’ art with the community.

Over the last year, Caminar’s Expressive Arts Program has reached more than 100 San Mateo County residents in recovery from serious mental health conditions.

Through the creative process and the resulting artwork, participants express emotions that words cannot fully capture—or are too painful to utter aloud.

Five years ago, the program began in earnest with photography as the art medium. The program has evolved to include drawing, painting, adult coloring pages, and music. World-renowned photographer Michael Collopy is the Teaching Artist for the program. Along with Mr. Collopy, musician Maikel Garcia is an integral part of our Expressive Arts program. Maikel promotes emotional, mental, and social well-being through music.

Participants tell us that learning and practicing art helps them to feel less anxious and to feel calmer and more hopeful.

We invite you to enjoy these pieces of art made with great heart, which will be on display at the Half Moon Bay Library, 620 Correas Street, Half Moon Bay, from May 20 through June 3, 2019.

Photography Group Captures the Local Landscape

Our Supported Education program offers wellness and art groups in all Caminar residential programs and at our San Mateo office. These groups help engage one in learning, introduce new skills, and improve an individual's quality of life.

The photography group meets weekly to learn more about the art of photography, hone skills, and take special outings to capture the local area.

Here are some lovely photographs from recent group trips along the bay. Enjoy!

Brian's Path to Wellness

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Many of our clients may not be on the path to wellness without the support we receive from the community. We are so grateful to our donors and funders who make the life-changing work of Caminar possible.

We invite you to meet Brian, who shares his inspiring journey to wellness after multiple mental health diagnoses in this special video

In Brian’s words,

“Caminar gave me something to live for.”

Art and Inspiration on Display at the Solano WRC

Our Solano Region's Wellness and Recovery Center (WRC) is a peer-run drop-in center for individuals with a known or suspected mental illness. Located adjacent to Caminar’s medication clinic and case management services in Vallejo, the center provides an array of services to promote wellness and ongoing recovery including education, enrichment, and support groups. 

The art group allows clients to experiment with and explore the healing power of artistic expression. The walls display vibrant and inspirational art that showcases our clients' talent and their journeys toward wellness, resilience, self-love, and self-care.

Exploring Color, Pattern, and Feelings Through Art

Clients in our Expressive Arts Program engage in the therapeutic power of the arts in our weekly workshops at our Residential Houses. Lately, the workshops have focused on exploring color and pattern while utilizing different media. As our artists create, they are able to express their thoughts and feelings through their art, rather than finding words to articulate those feelings which is often very difficult. 

Expressive Arts Art Show Showcases Caminar Artists

Artwork created by participants in our Expressive Arts Program will be on display at Philz Coffee in San Mateo through Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

A special opening night reception was held on Wednesday, May 23 and delighted all who joined us to celebrate the therapeutic power of the arts. Guests spoke with clients who shared the stories behind their art. And, they learned more about the program, which brings world-renowned photographer Michael Collopy and art therapists to Caminar’s residential programs for weekly workshops, offering our clients the chance to explore and engage in the therapeutic power of the arts to heal and change lives.

In addition, musician Maikel Garcia performed at the reception. Maikel is an integral part of our Expressive Arts program, where he promotes emotional, mental, and social well-being through music. Expressive Arts Program participants who joined us on Wednesday night enjoyed playing, singing, and dancing along with Maikel’s inspiring and unique fusion of rhythms.

We are grateful to again partner with Philz Coffee during Mental Health Awareness Month and to have this opportunity to bring art into the community.

The Expressive Arts Program is made possible by the generous support of Aroha Philanthropies, a foundation dedicated to "inspiring creative and fulfilling lives" and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. We are also grateful to General Pencil Company for the generous donation of fine art supplies.

Announcing Our 2018 Expressive Arts Art Show

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Caminar’s Expressive Arts Program brings world-renowned photographer Michael Collopy and art therapists to our residential programs for weekly workshops, offering our clients the chance to explore and engage in the therapeutic power of the arts to heal and change lives.

We are delighted to again partner with Philz Coffee this May, during Mental Health Awareness Month, to display art by our Expressive Arts Program participants at Philz Coffee in San Mateo.

The Expressive Arts Art Show will be held from Wednesday, May 23, through Tuesday, May 29. Stop by for delicious coffee and beautiful, healing art.

Please join us for a special opening night reception, which will be held on Wednesday, May 23, from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Learn more about the program from Michael Collopy and the artists, speak with the artists, learn the stories behind the art, and enjoy an evening with this talented community. In addition, musician Maikel Garcia will share his music at the reception. Maikel is an integral part of our Expressive Arts program, where promotes emotional, mental, and social well-being through music.

For more information about this year’s art show, visit our event page.
For more information on previous art shows, enjoy this blog post.

The Expressive Arts Program is made possible by the generous support of Aroha Philanthropies, a foundation dedicated to "inspiring creative and fulfilling lives" and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. We are also grateful to General Pencil Company for the generous donation of fine art supplies.

Celebrating Spring Through Art

Each week, clients in our Expressive Arts Program explore self-expression and healing through the arts. Recently, they've enjoyed looking just outside the window for inspiration for their art. We love how they celebrate color and the new season in these beautiful new creations.

Appreciating the Therapeutic Power of the Arts

Our Expressive Arts Program, which brings world-renowned photographer Michael Collopy and art therapists to Caminar’s residential programs for weekly workshops, offers our clients the opportunity to explore the therapeutic power of the arts. We delight in the weekly creations of our artists and hope you enjoy them.

Change, Hope, and Life: Best Wishes for a Happy 2018

Happy New Year! We hope your 2018 is off to a wonderful start.

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One of the many ways our supporters enhance the health and well-being of our clients is through our Expressive Arts Program. This program brings world-renowned photographer Michael Collopy and art therapists to Caminar’s residential programs for weekly workshops, offering our clients the chance to explore and engage in the therapeutic power of the arts to heal and change lives.

This butterfly, created by one of the participants, not only represents the artist’s personal journey of recovery from mental health crisis to independence, but also universally symbolizes change, hope, and life. We are delighted to share this artwork with you as an illustration of the transformation that is made possible for people in need in our community, each and every day.

Since the merger of Caminar and Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley a year ago, we have strengthened our capacity agency-wide to provide the most marginalized local individuals and families life-changing services that build hope, increase safety, and create community. At the heart of our portfolio of programs, made possible through the compassion and generosity of donors, is our enduring commitment to work alongside individuals and families to empower personal transformation and recovery.

We look forward to sharing more updates on the work our community of supporters makes possible in 2018. Best wishes for a wonderful 2018!