On April 27th the UWSP Student Health Advisory
Committee, in partnership with the College of Fine Arts and Communications is
hosting Arts & Advocacy, an arts event and raffle. The theme of Arts &
Advocacy is mental health awareness. The event will feature local artists
sharing stories through a variety of acts ranging from music and dance to
theatre and live painting. All acts will be on relevant mental health topics.
The raffle will consist of art pieces donated by
students and gift baskets from local businesses. Some businesses and mental
health resources will also be available at booths during the intermission. The
profits will go to the UWSP Counseling Center and The National Alliance of
Mental Illness (NAMI) of Portage and Wood County.
One of the primary goals of Arts and Advocacy is
community connection. The event will bring exposure to local artists and
awareness of mental health resources available in the community and on campus.
According to SHAC director Anna Haug, “It is our hope to bring the Stevens
Point and campus community together to relate to issues on our minds and in our
hearts. Mental health is something that everyone deals with every day. Whether
it be talking to a friend about a bad exam grade, what to graduate with, or
going to a counselor to talk out what is going on in your life.”
Arts and Advocacy is open to the public. You may
purchase tickets in person at UWSP ticket office in the Dreyfus University
Center or online tickets.uwsp.edu/. Tickets cost $8 for community members and
free for students with an ID. The event will be held in the Courtyard of the
Noel Fine Arts Center at 7:00pm on Saturday, April 27th. Desserts and beverages
will be provided.