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Join us July 29th, 2022 – August 22nd, 2022

The Canadian Mental Health Association is proud to host the 19th Annual Awakening the Spirit Art Show & Sale, celebrating the creative talents of people living with mental illness.

Art has a therapeutic quality that has proven to benefit the mental health of individuals. Artwork on display is from those living with mental illness who have used art to improve their mental health positively. We hope to break down some of the barriers and stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness through art and creativity.

The Awakening the Spirit Art Show is here to celebrate you- WE ARE LOOKING FOR ARTISTS! First-time or emerging artists who have never presented in a gallery/art show are encouraged to apply.

“People get this idea it is really easy [to make art] when you have a mental illness, but it’s not,” she says. “It’s harder because you have to deal with the struggles you are going through, as well as trying to do a piece.” ~Bernadette Kroft.

“Art makes me a better person. It makes me feel like I can do anything if I put my mind to it.” Artist Betty Kent

Submissions are open to residents of the North Okanagan of all age groups, skills, and experience levels.

For more information, click our Information for Awakening the Spirit Art Show 2022 or feel free to reach out to Zoe or Tami at (250) 542-3114.


Ready to join our Awakening the Spirit Art Show? Please submit the form below, and one of our committee members will be in touch.

CMHA is dedicated to reducing the stigma within our community that affects people who live with mental illness. A local artist created this video to highlight the effort and perseverance of artists featured yearly in this event.

Do you need to chat?Our Crisis Chat service is available now

Picking up the phone can be challenging and uncomfortable and we get that. We encourage you to use our online Crisis Chat. Crisis Chat is available from 5pm – 9pm Thursday through Sunday. You can access Crisis Chat here.

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