Artists in Momentum
Author: Anna Silgardo
Mental Health issues in our community and in our society, has touched all of our lives in one form or another. While there are many who champion the cause, there is, and always will be a need for more services to support this area of growth. I believe that freedom of expression, in any form is extremely important and as such, plugging ones creative outlet can have tragic consequences – that is how Artists in Momentum was born. For me, the trials of mental health hit very close to home. I lost my brother, an incomplete artist, in his early twenties to the insidious effects of mental health. And I stood on the sidelines, helpless, as my mother’s moods swung dangerously on an unstable mental see saw. Stigmas was and continues to be rampant, and while I couldn’t do anything then, I’m doing something now.
I started this with the hope that art could be a vehicle to promote self-care in the workplace and in the community. It is not about uncovering a Matisse or a Vermeer, it is about uncovering oneself, to live life to its fullest and learning how to enjoy every single day of our limited time on earth. I strive to be the change I want to see in the world. Though it is not always easy, I yearn to make this place we call home a little less judgemental, and a little more inclusive. AIM was launched to provide artists a safe space to both express themselves in their purest form and ultimately showcase their unique spirit and individuality.
Published by: Artists in Momentum
Publication Date: 2018-present