Opening Minds Art Show

A community celebration of living mentally well.

Opening Minds is a community art show in celebration of living mentally well.

Join us at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles for the Opening Minds exhibition from May 3 - May 27, 2018.

Unique to the San Luis Obispo County area, the Opening Minds art show was first developed in 1995 to offer people experiencing mental illness a way to express themselves and to provide a venue to share art, feelings and thoughts with the general public. The show has since expanded to include the entire mental health community: those in recovery, their family and friends, service providers and more. TMHA's goal remains the same today: to help the community see that people should not be defined in terms of their illness but by their strengths, gifts and by the contributions they make to society. Join us for this inspiring opportunity to shed light on mental health through artistic expression.




May 5th 6:00-9:00pm
Studios on the Park, Paso Robles

Join us for this inspiring opportunity to shed light on mental health through art expression. The art, wine, and live music-filled evening will coincide with Art After Dark, Paso Robles and will feature premium wines of Kiamie Wine Cellars and live music by Shelby Figueroa.


Life House Wellness Center Open House

May 9th 11:00-2:00pm
5850 West Mall Road, Atascadero


CRAZYWISE Film Screening 

May 17th 6:30pm
Paso Cinemas 

When a young person experiences a frightening break from reality, Western experts usually label it a "first-episode psychosis" while many psychologists and indigenous cultures consider it to be a "spiritual awakening". The documentary CRAZYWISE reveals alternative treatment approaches and a survivor-led movement challenging a mental health system in crisis.


Hope House Wellness Center Open House

May 23rd 11:00-5:00pm
1306 Nipomo Street, San Luis Obispo


Safe Haven Wellness Center Open House 

May 30th 12:00-3:00pm
203 Bridge Street, Arroyo Grande 


Please contact art coordinator Meghan Madsen at (805) 503-0350 or by email at for further information.

Opening Minds is presented by TMHA and cosponsored by TMHA’s Peer Advisory and Advocacy Team (PAAT) and Pacific Premier Bank. The show is funded in part by the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63).

For 68 years, Mental Health America has led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. TMHA supports this effort locally by hosting Opening Minds during this time.

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