4th Annual Conference on Haitian Mental Health & Art Exhibition
It Takes a Village: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Haitian Children, Adolescents, and Families
William James College hosted the 4th Annual Conference on Haitian Mental Health & Art Exhibition on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The primary aim of the conference is to provide an intellectually stimulating forum where attendees can engage in a meaningful discourse on the mental health needs of the Haitian community; learn from leading scholars in the field; network with other professionals with a strong interest in, passion for, and commitment to promoting the health and well-being of Haitian immigrants; and exchange knowledge, information, and data on culturally-oriented theoretical inquiries, clinical practices, treatment interventions, research, and policy-based initiatives. In addition to offering cutting-edge plenary sessions, panel presentations, and networking opportunities, the Conference is intended to commemorate Haitian Heritage Month through a series of cultural events and an annual art exhibition that celebrate the rich history, values, and traditions of Haitian culture.
This year's Art Exhibition features artworks from young artists in Jacmel, Haiti, and Haitian artists from the New England region. The exhibition is the result of an on-going partnership between the Haitian Mental Health Network, William James College, and the Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts and its cultural partner Brockton Arts, which started one year after the Haiti earthquake of 2010. Proceeds from the exhibition support art programming for Haitian youth in Jacmel and on the Southern island of Ile-à-Vache, Haiti. The paintings will be on display at William James College through June 26, 2015.