May 20 through June 31, 2019: “Out in the Open. In it Together,” an exhibit of 22 larger than life sized portraits, will be on view at the Montclair Public Library from May 20th through June 30th. This inspirational exhibit is an Inside Out Project Group Action, part of the global participatory art project created by TED Prize winning artist JR. The display is locally organized by the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc., and its community based committee is comprised of family members of people with mental illness, mental health consumers, clinicians, and artists. The message behind the portraits is one of hope and resilience.

Saturday June 1, 2019: The Montclair Public Library is hosting two, hour-long portrait workshops (back-to-back at 1 & 2 p.m.) to generate a new suite of portraits that will be displayed at Caldwell University and future venues. Part of “Out in the Open. In it Together,” an exhibit of 22 larger-than-life-sized portraits on view May 20-June 30. This inspirational exhibit is an Inside Out Project Group Action, part of the global participatory art project created by TED Prize winning artist JR. For information and to register for this free workshop, contact RFolzenlogen@mhaessexmorris.org.

Sunday, June 2, 11 am to 1 pm: St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 73 So Fullerton Ave Montclair Family Improv: Enjoy two hours of improv fun, games, and exercises for the whole family, and connect with your kids in a unique and no-pressure environment. Join Neal King in fun and laughter as he leads families through this multi-sensory improvisational experience. Neal King, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has developed improvisational programs as a member of the faculty at The Expressive Therapists Summit (NYC and LA); He conducts improv groups for social anxiety, confidence building, and improving interaction skills.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 1:00 PM 2:30 PM: Mandala Journaling for Stress Reduction and Self Care The word mandala means “circle” in Sanskrit, and mandala making is associated with healing and mindfulness across a variety of cultures. Participants will learn more about these benefits, engage in a guided visualization exercise, and create a mandala journal to take home. This workshop will be facilitated by art therapists and educators, and all materials will be provided. Participation is free, but registration is requested. For more information and to register, contact rfolzenlogen@mhaessexmorris.org.

Thursday June 6, 7:00pm, at Cinema 505 , 5050 Bloomfield Ave. Montclair BEYOND THE SILENCE is a feature-length, suspense movie that is loosely based on the novel ‘Clipped Wings They Do Fly’ by William Michael Barbee. The movie highlights the life of the lead character, ‘Billy Ray Michaels.’ Billy Ray suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder, compounded with Schizophrenia, and finds himself on trial for murder, a crime which he does not remember committing. Billy Ray is entangled in a world of confusion, of which, unbeknownst to him, he created. Madine Despeine, Director of Self Help, Advocacy and Education for the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc., will facilitate the post-film Q&A with filmmaker, William Michael Barbee.