Changing Minds + Express Yourself #YouthWeekNZ | 24 May – 3 June 2016
Changing Minds collaborates together with Express Yourself, creative arts based youth development programme, to showcase an awesome exhibition of young peoples’ art work.
At Toi Ora Live Arts Gallery – 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn
Live music, food, performances and the unveiling of a mass-participation art work that has been contributed to from all over Auckland.
The event also lauunched the free Express Yourself workshops that practise wellbeing through the use of creativity including screen printing, poetry, and theatre.
Virtues Vices – AoD/Addictions Panel Discussion 2015
• Who and what defines an addiction?
• Effective approaches to addressing addictions: community led vs. ‘top down’.
• Legal implications of addiction.
• Can there be a “positive addiction”?
Mad About Movies – Film Festival 2014
The Changing Minds team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made the 2014 ‘Mad About Movies’ Festival such a success! From audience members, panelists, film directors, volunteers, companies and sponsors who gave us great discounts on their goods/services, we really appreciate your generosity with your time, resources and energy… THANK YOU!
Special thanks to ASB Community Trust for funding Mad About Movies, the Academy Cinema for their amazing support before and during the festival, ‘ I Think: Creative’ for the amazing design work, as well as the ‘Show Me Shorts’ team and Phantom Billstickers.
It was fantastic to see people from different communities come together to celebrate mental health awareness through a film festival, and really highlights the need for us all to value diversity in ourselves and each other, and recognise the passions, talents and contributions that every individual can offer.
We received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback about the festival; a recurring theme was the friendly atmosphere and community spirit that people experienced, and that the use of movies was a very effective method to generate discussion and awareness about mental health and wellbeing.
“It was absolutely amazing.. I totally encourage more events like this to get younger generations involved”
“Great week of movies… I learnt so much from the panelists… and so much more to learn!”
“Wonderful opportunity to learn more about mental health, how it is – versus how it is perceived.”
“I was absolutely blown away by the fantastic film festival; it has really challenged my thinking of the media portrayal of mental health… I am grateful to have been involved.”
“Enjoyed the movie… effective way to bring the topic of mental health to mind in an accessible and fun way”
“Everyone was so friendly, a great atmosphere… it was almost like a family get together.”
“Please carry on enlightening people.. ‘We are all just people…’”
“Excellent, great that it was free – definitely reduced barriers to attendance – please come back next year…”
Changing Minds is committed to facilitating events like ‘Mad About Movies’ in the future to promote awareness of mental health and addictions within the wider community. Your feedback and donations contribute to our ability to do this successfully – thank you for your support.
Mental Blocks – Art Exhibition 2013
Mental Blocks is a Changing Minds art initiative which seeks to encourage discussion and positive social innovation through creative means, aligning with our organisational vision: A place where people can thrive and mission: Leading Brave Conversations to Redefine Mental Health and Addictions in Aotearoa. We have specifically sought out works that:
- Redefine the way New Zealanders think and talk about health, wellbeing, addiction, and/or homelessness.
- Broaden or challenge the language and discourse we employ to talk about health, wellbeing, addiction, and/or homelessness,
- Celebrate diverse human experience and encourage self-determination.
- Examine the wider social context of mental health issues, addiction, homelessness.
The Mental Blocks Art Exhibition opened on the 19th Feb 2014 at the Art Station – 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby – and ran until the 13th of March 2014. Mental Blocks began with a fantastic gathering of people who came to appreciate the art of five extremely talented artists, Mark Strachan and Justine Law, Sarah Mokhtar, Fraser Hoffe, and Di Tocker.
The opening was a wonderful event, and we were lucky to have great businesses who supported us to put it on – Bfm, Karma Cola, Brothers Beer, Odyssey Wines, and Darbi’s Accessories. Some photos of the opening, the artists, the judges, the crowd and of course the pieces…