Can Art Heal Our Minds—and Our Communities?

I Founded Modesto’s Peer Recovery Art Project to Keep Mental Health Consumers From Being Isolated. In the Process, I’m Helping Revitalize My City.

Peer Recovery Art mural

I don’t care for labels, but I’m a Californian who went around the country working carnivals before schizophrenia dug its hooks into me. After 10 years, some of them wandering the streets of Modesto, I began my recovery as a volunteer at a community alcohol treatment drop-in center. There, I learned how important it was to prevent people in treatment from being isolated. This has become the driving force of my career—and has also improved my own health.

Today, I’m back on the streets of Modesto, as CEO of the nonprofit …

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