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Looking back...

Looking back on January, we have had some fine art, creative projects, and an overall feeling of being inspired for the new year. It's 2024, and there is a lot to look forward to, a lot to do, and a lot of new inspirations that will come our way.



Monthly Update


Theme: Free Your Mind February

Color: Rose Pink

Our monthly theme and color are based on February’s continuation of visions in the new year and Valentine’s Day. Rose Pink is associated with growth and new beginnings. Our participants are encouraged to incorporate our monthly themes and colors within their artistic self-expression.

“I have a flood of ideas in my mind. I just follow my vision.” – Yayoi Kusama


MVMC Activities in February


●      February is Heart Health month, and Black History month!

●      Special Days/Weeks: World Cancer Day is Feb 4th, and National Screening Week is Feb 20-26th.

●      Attend Merry’s session, Art and Feelings at the end of the month to explore the color of the month – Rose Pink!

●      Visit MVMC’s sessions and engage in the arts!


Recap of No Stigma Speakers Bureau in January

●      In January, NSSB spoke at San Joaquin Valley College and College of the Sequoias.

●      NSSB presents with SJVC 2X per year.

●      NSSB will present at College of the Sequoias on  Feb. 20th, 2024.

●      NSSB will present for MHSA’s “Untangling Roots, Cultivating Wellness and Recovery”, a video being created for social media and TV.

●      NSSB speaks during the Art’s Consortium’s virtual membership meeting in June 2023:

●      Email or to request a presentation.


(Above: Celebrating Thomas Fetch - A Celebration of Life for Thomas Fetch will be held at the Barrel House on February 18th at 2 pm. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FACEBOOK POST>)


"While color psychology is the study of how different colors can influence human behavior and perception, color therapy is different. It is based upon the unproven assumption that certain colors can impact people's "energy" and impact health outcomes."

Facilitator, Merry Miller Gass, has taken the color of the month and created a session at the end of the month for participants to enjoy! Join her the last FRIDAY of the month from 10-12 PM to enjoy discussions and art about how the color of the month makes us feel.


(Above: From the Art and Feelings session Fridays 10-12 pm at the My Voice Media Center Room, located in the Arts Consortium: 340 E. Oak Ave. Suite 112 - Visalia, CA 93291)


About the My Voice Media Center:

The My Voice Media Center (MVMC) is made possible through a partnership between the Arts Consortium and the Tulare County Health and Human Services Mental Health branch. The My Voice Media Center serves adults from throughout Tulare County who have first-hand experiences with mental health struggles and those who provide support for the same. We believe that self-expression through various art mediums can help our community members thrive on their path of wellness and recovery. The My Voice Media Center aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Our activities include the following:

●      We provide a safe and welcoming environment where participants may explore their artistic style.

●      We provide opportunities for our participants to learn from professional artists on and off-site.

●      We provide exhibition and art sale opportunities for interested participants.

●      We provide opportunities for our participants to take part in presentations that help educate our community at large about mental wellness and recovery.

●      We collaborate with local organizations to promote and advocate for mental health services.

●      We allow our participants to visit other arts and culture centers.

Onsite Adult Sessions: Art and Feelings, Art of Movement, Printmaking, Video Editing, Photo Editing, Drawing, Painting, 2D and 3D Art, NSSB (No Stigma Speakers Bureau), Peer Support, and other activities, such as field trips, NSSB Presentations,

Offsite Youth Sessions: Tulare County Court Appointed Youth, or CASA Art Night, California Health Collaborative’s HEAL Project’s “Creative Corner”


MVMC Resources and Works Cited

400 Powerful Art Therapy Quotes to Help You Heal(2023); By Jonno White;


Pink Personality: What Your Favorite Color Says About You; Color Meanings; by Jacob Olesen;

Mental Health America Mental Health Awareness Calendar; Mental Health America;

Calendar Events and Holidays; National Today;

Very Well mind


We would like to invite you to become a participant in the My Voice Media Center's free arts programming by visiting us and completing an enrollment form.

If you are interested in becoming a participant, having the NSSB session speak to your organization, would like to showcase MVMC’s artwork, or have general questions about the MVMC Project of Arts Consortium, please contact us!


Voicemail: 559-772-0001

Social Media: Facebook


Enroll at the Arts Consortium:

340 E. Oak Ave, Suite 112

Visalia, CA 93291





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