Opening Minds Art Show

A community celebration of living mentally well.

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

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.

Returning May 2020.

Please contact art coordinator Meghan Madsen at (805) 503-0350 or by email at mmadsen@t-mha.org 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.

Stay in Touch

Sign up for the TMHA Newsletter, 'The Journey', and stay in touch with current events, community, family, work, and much more!