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An Evening of Art, Music, and Advocacy

on Wed, 11/24/2010 - 11:06

Rave reviews have followed this year’s Evening of Art, Music & Advocacy, sponsored by Wellspring, Bridgehaven and NAMI-Louisville.  Nearly 300 guests gathered on October 15th at The Speed Art Museum to view this year’s collection of art, jewelry, holiday cards, and gift baskets produced by participants in the art therapy programs at Wellspring and Bridgehaven.  As the mellow strains of vocalists/guitarists Charlie Merrill and David Moore filled the Sculpture Hall, guests mingled with the artists and selected works to purchase for their personal collections. Following the art show and sale, the Kentucky public premier of “Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia” mesmerized the audience.  This powerful documentary was followed by a panel discussion which included Dr. Rif S. El-Mallakh, Molly Clouse, Bertha Diaz-Story and the filmmaker, Dr. Delaney Ruston, who joined in via Skype.  Kathy Dobbins, Wellspring’s Executive Director, offers special thanks “to all who came out to our event. The subject matter is not an easy one, as we all know…  and some of the comments I heard  after the show were very compelling. Delaney Ruston is a wonderful person and a great spokesperson for families as well as someone who could potentially have a broad impact on the field –from public policy changes to stigma reduction.”  Wellspring supporter, Liz Coomes adds, “The movie was the best I have seen on mental illness. We saw the man – and not the illness first – and his love for his daughter.” This annual event is designed to raise awareness, provide education and help to reduce stigma about mental illness. To learn more about the film or the filmmaker, or to contact Dr. Delaney Ruston, visit the website: