As I'm walking down the street, I feel like my illness, my mental illness - people could see by the way I walked.
When I walked in here, I thought it was very liberating, because I thought, "Here is a place I can be an artist." I wasn't judged based on my symptoms.
I had a show at the Fresh A.I.R. Gallery last September and October. It's been a phenomenal experience. So many people came to my show and bought artwork, which was just amazing to me, that everyone was so supportive.
Art grounds me. It just makes me feel whole.
I get to take part in a residency. People can come and see the artwork, and what it is that we're going through.
Like hey, these are people that lead productive lives. We have other things going on that may be limiting us in some ways, but also helping us to grow in others.
Southeast, Inc. is a comprehensive provider of mental health, primary care, dental services, alcohol and drug treatment services, vocational services, residential and homeless services that began operations in Franklin County (Columbus, Ohio) in 1978. Today, Southeast serves over 15,000 people in eight counties of Ohio. Southeast is partially funded by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and locally the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OHMAS). Southeast, Inc. is accredited by the Joint Commission and is partially funded by the ADAMH Board of Franklin County, the Community Shelter Board and its funders, the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Belmont, Harrison, and Monroe Counties, and the Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board.
Southeast, Inc. is non-profit healthcare organization and is growing rapidly and expanding critical services that are needed in the community. Southeast, Inc.'s mission is to serve diverse populations regardless of their economic status. With the belief that all people have the capacity to grow and change, Southeast provides services to people of all ages, cultures, races, religious preferences, genders and sexual orientations in order to enhance wellness and recovery, thereby improving families, workplaces and communities. Southeast serves people who are most in need and require different levels of intensity of services. Southeast provides evidence - based healthcare services and supports people in becoming active participants in their personal healthcare decisions. Our holistic approach addresses physical, behavioral healthcare and life wellness needs, together, in order to help our patients live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives.
We coordinate and integrated care across services and healthcare locations. Southeast provides healthcare for the homeless community including people who have been previously homeless or living in transitional housing.
Southeast operates over 50 programs and services. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year. In 2005 Southeast opened the Fresh A.I.R. (Artists in Recovery) Gallery. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery's mission is to exhibit the work by individuals affected by mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Through art, we educate the community and work to break down the stigma of mental illness and/or substance use by bringing focus to the artist vision.
2017 was an extremely rewarding year at Fresh A.I.R. Gallery (Artists in Recovery.) Exhibits have featured the work of artists from across the country, all in different stages of recovery from their respective illness. Among other talented artists, our exhibits showcased the intricate and humorous sea creatures of sculptor Kristin Morris and the playful robots of mixed media artist David Leonard. In May, we partnered for the first time with the Martin de Porres Center to curate an exhibit in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. And in July, Fresh A.I.R. Gallery opened SEEN Studios #21 in the thriving Franklinton arts district.
SEEN Studios, a shared studio space where artists can create their artwork and further their careers in the arts. SEEN Studios is made possible by a generous grant. Since July of 2017, SEEN Studios will occupy a 1,100 sq. ft. studio within the Chromedge building in Franklinton. SEEN Studios provides a valuable resource for Fresh A.I.R. Gallery artists who seek a dedicated space to create and a clean, safe working environment. It also aims to facilitate artist development through workshops and discussions. SEEN Studios is a place for collaboration, artistic inspiration, and learning.
Myken Pullins, executive assistant & public affairs director,