On Sunday, February 9 from 2pm-4pm, the Love Yourself Art Exhibition Opening will be a day of art, music, dance, poetry, film and story in celebration of youth recovery and suicide prevention. This event is free and open to the public.
Arts for Youth in Recovery (AIRY) Founder and Director Marney Schorr will speak about youth suicide prevention, along with youth artist Sophia Bilia, who will share her experience of being in recovery for eating disorders.
Performances include: the BTG Youth Chorus; live poetry by Jack Kelly, Ayah Lehtonen and other AIRY alumni; original songs by Grace Ida Marks, Jake Madison and more TBA; and an original dance piece by Dancers of the Berkshires called Support: the Act of Bearing Weight of or Strengthening (Choreographer: Olivia Martin; Assistant Choreographer: Sarah Daunt; and Dancers: Maria Adams, Charlotte Coco, Giorgia Comeau, Sarah Daunt, Mia Goddeau and Fiona Scruggs).
There will also be a screening of the AIRY digital film, The Story of Indigo Phoenix, which explores social issues, the emerging teen identity and creating a sense of belonging through peer support.
The art show includes youth artists: Rachael Bentz, Jacl Kelly, Jalencia Melendez, Kiara Bresett, Amy Lacrosse, Jake Madison and Sophia Bilia. Mentoring artists of Love Yourself will also have visual response art on view, including: Ellen Joffe Halpern, Caroline Kelley, Tammara Leminen, Leo Mazzeo, Misa Chappell, Peggy Morse and Marney Schorr.
Part of the proceeds will benefit AIRY and BTG PLAYS! Education Programs. Art work will be on display in the lobby of the Colonial from February 7 until March 20.
Originally a web series featuring artists expressing various points of view and social commentary, the No Boundaries in Art series continues on and off the stage.
Stephanie Cohen: Visual Art Curator