For Immediate Release - May 19, 2011

Express Yourself and the Department of Mental Health to Present Annual Arts Showcase

"Here & Now" highlights art as therapy in live performances at Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre

*MEDIA ADVISORY*

BOSTON - The Department of Mental Health (DMH) will host its 16th annual arts showcase by youth participating in Express Yourself, a program for young people with mental illness and/or youth at risk. Express Yourself allows youth to explore art as a path towards a healthy sense of self identity and belonging. The event is free and open to the public.

Please join DMH, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and this year's Express Yourself as more than 150 youth from 17 DMH programs across the Commonwealth showcase their creative talent in "Here & Now." The performance features the culmination of year-long music, dance, and visual arts immersion workshops and programs. Whether residing in hospitals, residential programs or community settings, youth participating in the Express Yourself performance gain a strong sense of recovery, collaboration and celebration in a thriving multi-disciplinary arts community.

WHAT "Here & Now" arts showcase by Express Yourself
WHEN Thursday, May 19, 2010 at 7 PM
WHERE Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
270 Tremont Street, Boston

Express Yourself was one of 15 youth arts and humanities programs selected by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities to receive the 2009 Coming Up Taller Award, a national initiative recognizing efforts of out-of-school and after-school arts and humanities programs.

The Department of Mental Health promotes mental health through early intervention, treatment, education, policy and regulation. The agency works to assure and provide access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of people of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate fully in their communities.

Use of the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre for "Here and Now" was generously provided by Josiah Spaulding.

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