Thresholds
Identity: Perspectives on Y(OUR)selves
Thresholds
Identity: Perspectives on Y(OUR)selves

Chase Gallery

July 30, 2021 to September 12, 2021

Identity: Perspectives on Y(OUR)selves presents artwork created in Thresholds’ Creative Arts Therapy Program. This programming provides innovative behavioral health care that promotes empowerment, well-being and full participation in community life through art therapy. Art therapy is a form of integrative mental health care that allows a vital and dynamic form of communication and self-expression through active art making within the therapeutic relationship.

Through a series of virtual workshops, art therapists asked the artists in this exhibition to explore the concept of personal identity and how they fit into their communities at the micro, mezzo and macro levels. The art therapists also encouraged the artists to examine personal values, strengths, abilities and community sociograms. All of the work in Identity: Perspectives on Y(OUR)selves was created during the pandemic, which shaped the artists’ perspectives on belonging and community.

In a similar way, each art therapist was asked to consider their role in the mental health field and the work they do with clients. The fiber tapestry included in this exhibition is a response from each art therapist, representing their own growth and resiliency during this unprecedented time, through their own creative language. Each work in this exhibition examines the topics of identity and community in a unique, creative voice.

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About Thresholds

Thresholds is Illinois’ oldest and largest non-profit agency serving people suffering from severe and persistent mental illness and substance use. Thresholds supports individuals through community outreach and integrated health opportunities. Through unwavering community-based engagement, support, and advocacy, Thresholds helps people living with mental health and substance use conditions find home, health, hope and their own creative languages. This exhibition is a reflection of the importance of community to Thresholds’ clients, staff and the work they do.

About Thresholds

Thresholds is Illinois’ oldest and largest non-profit agency serving people suffering from severe and persistent mental illness and substance use. Thresholds supports individuals through community outreach and integrated health opportunities. Through unwavering community-based engagement, support, and advocacy, Thresholds helps people living with mental health and substance use conditions find home, health, hope and their own creative languages. This exhibition is a reflection of the importance of community to Thresholds’ clients, staff and the work they do.