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Mental Health Awareness Month

May 2024

Theme: Making My May

Color: Lime Green (#32CD32)

Our monthly theme and color are based on Mental Health Awareness Month. Lime Green is the color you will see all month long and we encourage everyone to attend our mental health community’s open houses and activities. We encourage our participants to incorporate our monthly themes and colors within their artistic self-expression. 


“If you paint yourself into a corner, you can paint

yourself out.”   -Mike S.


MVMC Activities and Mental Health Awareness in May:

  • F1rst Friday at the Arts Consortium, My Voice Media Center will present “Expressions of Wellness and Recovery”. Performances by the Art of Movement Session and a meet-n-greet with our facilitators will be soon!

  • Come and meet our facilitators, learn about MVMC, and invite a friend or support person to the yearly event! F1rst Friday is May 3rd, 5-8 pm.

  • See 2 of our participant’s work at How We Roll Ice Cream, in Downtown Visalia until June 2024. They are located at 104 S. Church St. Visalia, CA 93291. See the art and order some delicious ice cream!

  • MVMC will be closed on May 23rd for the Friends and Family Fair at Mooneys Grove Park. The activities, food, and raffle prizes are from 11-3 pm.

  • Holidays this month include National Mental Health Awareness Month (All Month), Women’s Health Month (All Month), Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month), and Maternal Mental Health Month.

MVMC Session Updates 

No Stigma Speakers Bureau Session

Look for the film, “Untangling Roots, Cultivating Wellness and Recovery”, a video created for social media and TV by MHSA Community Outreach Team! See the Trailer:

  • UPCOMING: MAY 14th, at 11:AM the NSSB Session participants and staff will present for the residents at the Lofts in collaboration with Self-Help Enterprises.

Peer Support Session

In May, participants who requested Peer Support, old and new, have been working on WRAP plans and learning tools to cope with triggers, with our Peer support specialist, Olivia Garza.

Art and Feelings Session

  • In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month activities, participants will work on projects that focus on the healing and transformative power of art.

Art of Movement Session

  • Art of Movement’s George Jagatic works with participants at different experience levels on artful stretching and posing.

  • The “Expressions of Wellness and Recovery” performances will be presented on May 3rd, 2024, from 5-8 pm at the Art Consortium’s gallery.

Drawing Session

  • The Drawing session, with facilitator, Bronson Combs, has been working on still-life drawings in graphite.

Guitar Session

  • The Guitar session is working on the song “Donna”, by Ritchie Valens, with their facilitator, Hector Uriarte.

Photo and Video Editing Session

  • Phet Kamsaysoury works with both Photo and Video Editing sessions. The participants work on projects like photography, filming, and editing using Photoshop, and Final Cut Pro.

Painting Session

  • Multiple session paintings of the outdoors and from references, participants create beautiful fine art paintings.

Printmaking Session

  • Participants learn how to carve with an easy MDF board and make beautiful prints from references of their choice.

2D 3D Art

  • Participants will be exploring textiles and mixed media art to incorporate 3D elements into 2D paintings.


Offsite Youth Sessions with our Partners: (for Youth 18 and younger)

Tulare County Court Appointed Special Advocates: CASA Art Night with Merry Miller-Gass: Youth participants will create beautiful spring ornaments by painting spring-themed wood panels.

California Health Collaborative: HEAL Project’s “Creative Corner” with Merry Miller-Gass: This month youth participants will be combining art & science with cyanotype printmaking. They’ll be using the power of the sun to create beautiful nature-inspired imagery.

Allensworth Progressive Association: Allensworth Art Night with Lateef Kadara: This month on the third Thursday in Allensworth, CA, youth participants will be




(Above) Printmaking Session FRIDAYS 12-2 pm)

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 mediums of art 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 provide opportunities for our participants to visit other arts and culture centers.


MVMC Resources and Works Cited

To request a No Stigma Speakers Bureau Presentation email:, or

Mental Health America; 2024 National Mental Health Observances Calendar


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!


Social Media: Facebook

NSSB on Facebook: NSSB Facebook Page


Enroll at the Arts Consortium:

340 E. Oak Ave, Suite 112

Visalia, CA 93291

Voicemail: 559-772-0001



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