Clara Martin Center’s 50th anniversary was celebrated in grand fashion during several community-based events throughout the year.
Celebrating Creativity In Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery
We hosted the Me 2/Orchestra at Chandler Music Hall on January 7, 2017 at Chandler Music Hall, alongside an art and poetry exhibit. The Me 2/ Ochestra was founded in Burlington, Vermont and is the world’s only classical music organization for people with mental illness and those who support them. Led by a once world-renowned conductor whose own career was shattered by his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, the Me2/Orchestra’s exhilarating performances challenge societal stereotypes about mental illness. The art show and readings exhibited work from friends of mental health and provided an opportunity for showcasing creativity in written and visual forms by people who are passionate about mental health. The evening was an amazing exhibition of the talent of the artists, writers and musicians who boldly and courageously shared the work of their heart and soul, embracing mental health as an important part of all of our lives.
On May 7, 2017, we hosted a 5K walk/run at Thetford Academy’s elite cross-country course where participants were splashed with non-toxic color powder. This event promoted fun, community and wellness, while raising awareness for mental health and addiction recovery. The day was completed with a pre-race Zumba warm-up and free kids activities. Over 200 people particpated in the race!
We also spent the summer of 2016 on tour at local farmer’s markets and summer concerts in our service area, sharing free birthday cupcakes and balloons with community members.