Last update: March 27, 2015

Opening Doors to the Arts provides low-income members of the mental health recovery community with access to low-cost or free arts and entertainment opportunities. We invite our community to experience the healing power of the arts.

Please send requests for tickets to and wait for confirmation.

Upcoming Events

WRAP Training at Hope Center

Wednesdays, thru April 1 | 1030AM-12PM
MBRLC/The Hope Center (Lindemann Center)
25 Staniford Street, Plaza Level
Boston, MA 02114
WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) is a workshop for those who experience mental health challenges and those who want to write a WRAP. Training topics include: Taking Preventative Action Early, 5 Keys to Mental Health Recovery, Empowerment and Responsibility, and the Importance of Education. Please pre-register as seating is limited. This is a 10-week course and you can only miss 2 sessions to be certified.

NERLC presents:
Better Days Support Group

Thursdays, thru May 7 | 530PM-7PM

Craig Lewis (along with Josh Marcus - NERLC Hub Coordinator) is facilitating a 'Better Days' support group in Salem using the curriculum that he has created (the workbook). The group is a 10 week commitment and we will be meeting near downtown Salem. Better Days support group is for anyone who wants to develop and/or improve their coping skills and live a more calm and peaceful life and a life with fewer disruptions. All the information can be found on this flyer and I have repeated it here. Remember, one must register for the group in advance. Please share this information in your communities so the word can get out far and wide.

This group is free to attend and is in Salem and within walking distance to downtown. Please call Josh Marcus to register for the group: 978-687-4288 x113.


Vinfen's Annual Film Festival presents:
Family Portraits: Strength in Supports

Saturday, March 28 | 9AM-5PM
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115
This year’s event, Family Portraits: Strength in Supports, which is free and open to the public, will explore the power of family through three touching and inspirational films Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, A Sister’s Call, and Walking Man. Each film will be followed by an interactive and educational panel discussion with stars from the films; experts in psychiatry, medicine, and nursing; and people with disabilities, their families, and caregivers.

Massachusetts Leadership Academy (MLA) presents:
"Our Wellness: Many Paths, One Journey"

Monday, March 30 - Wednesday, April 1
Westfield, MA
Language can build connections, unify us or divide us. Language unites us when we are able to speak to each other from our hearts with the ultimate goal of creating a deeper connection to each other. Language can also create division amongst us when it, intentionally or unintentionally, creates barriers, isolates and excludes us. During this 3-day retreat we will explore language and how it connects to our lives and our communities.

Gateway Arts Presents
Happy Meeting Artist Reception

Thursday, April 2 | 6PM-8PM
Gateway Arts Gallery
62 Harvard Street
Boston, MA 02129
In this group exhibition, curator Beth Kantrowitz of bkprojects and Drive-By Projects brings together the work of Gateway artists as well as others from the greater art community. You are invited to take in the art while you mingle with Gateway Arts artists, enjoy live music, and treat yourself to dessert bites. We hope to meet you there!

NAMI Cambridge/Middlesex presents:
Recovery is Real

Tuesday, April 7 | 7PM-8PM
Cambridge Hospital (Macht Auditorium)
1493 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Hear from those who have experienced mental health recovery. Speakers will include:
  • Anne Whitman, vice president of the NAMI Mass Board of Directors, chair of the Metro Boston/Southeast Recovery Learning Center, and president emeritus of the Cole Center.
  • Gary Bromley, a jail diversion specialist and a long-term support coordinator for One Care Support.
  • Megan Wiechnik, resource/helpline coordinator at NAMI Mass.
  • Michael Siena, peer specialist, Metro Boston Recovery Center, and NAMI Connections facilitator.
This event is free and open to the public.

Ounce of Prevention 2015 Conference

Tuesday, April 7 | 10AM-4PM
DCU Center
50 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608
You are invited to the Ounce of Prevention Conference 2015, sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Please join us on April 7 for this year’s event as we recognize both public health week and minority health month. Register today! There are a limited number of partial scholarships available (Scholarship Application/Registration by March 17).

Traditional Passover Seder

Thursday, April 9 | 6PM-9PM
Temple Ohabei Shalom
1187 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
This event celebrates a traditional Passover Seder for Jewish adults with a psychiatric condition and their family and friends. Jewish dietary laws will be observed. There is no cost for this event but reservations are required. RSVP by April 1.

Innovative Approaches to Prevention:
Enhancing Mental Health

Friday, April 10 | 9AM-4PM
Massachusetts Mental Health Center
75 Fenwood Road
Boston, MA 02115
DMH Centers of Excellence will present an update on recent research advances. The goal of the event is to educate consumers, family members, and providers about innovative approaches to prevention and ways to enhance mental health including methods to prevent and/or lessen the impact of mental illness and its treatment and side effects.

MassPRA Annual Meeting

Monday, April 13 | 10AM-1PM
College of the Holy Cross
Hogan Campus Center
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610

MassPRA's annual meeting will focus on helping our members understand the urgency of attending to the physical health issues of the people who use publicly-funded mental health services and to underscore the importance of practitioner competencies needed to support individuals in setting and achieving wellness goals, especially persons served who encounter serious health issues including, but not limited to, pulmonary condition, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and tobacco use.

This meeting and the program will include a continental breakfast and networking between 9-10AM, and while free to attend, Pre-registration by the date of Friday April 3rd is required.


NAMI Mass Lobby Day

Monday, April 13 | 11AM-3PM
Great Hall, Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 01233
Your voice matters! Your legislators need to hear from you! Please join us for NAMI Mass Advocacy Day featuring a guest speaker, lunch and visiting with legislators.

NAMI presents
Peer-to-Peer Educational Program

Thursday, April 16 | 130PM-4PM
Metro Boston RLC/ Peer Education Resource Center (PERC)
3313 Washington Street, Suite 2
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Peer-to-Peer is a 10-week recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental stress.

The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra presents:
Discovery Series

Thursday, April 16 | 730PM
Sanders Theatre
45 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

The ultimate in musical exploration, the Discovery Series offers the listener a guide to the music as part of the concert experience. Maestro Zander engages the audience with illuminating and entertaining commentary immediately before the performance of each piece on the program, joined by the orchestra to illustrate points with musical examples. Typically these introductions last approximately 15 minutes each, so please plan accordingly.

In the event the concert consists of just one piece of music, such as Bruckner's Eighth or Mahler's Ninth, Maestro Zander will give a longer talk beginning at 7:30pm; this talk can be up to 50 minutes in length. This introduction will be followed by a brief intermission and then performance. Please plan accordingly. If you have questions about the timing of the concert and the talks, please call the Boston Phiharmonic office a week or two before the concert for more information, 617.236.0999.


Voice, Recovery, and Leadership: Emerging Roles for Young Adults

Wednesday, April 29 | 1PM-430PM
Best Western
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752
This year’s forum will focus on the unique needs of transition age youth, peer support for and by young adults, and promising practices emerging around young adult peer services. It will feature a keynote address by Letty Elenes, chair of the Youth WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) Initiative Advisory Board at the Copeland Center.

NAMI presents
Peer-to-Peer Educational Program

Thursday, April 30 | 630PM-9PM
Newton Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02462
Peer-to-Peer is a 10-week recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental stress.

Facilitator Training for Peer-Led Support Groups

Saturday, May 2 | 9AM-5PM
Sunday, May 3 | 9AM-5PM
MetroWest area

NAMI support groups are designed to allow participants to get the full benefit of being in a group with their peers.

Our structure helps you, the facilitator, to:

  • Make a real connection with group members
  • Create a sense of safety
  • Promote supportive and informative conversations
  • Boost self-esteem in members by encouraging them to directly contribute to another member’s recovery
  • Keep conversations in the ‘here and now’ by re-focusing the group
  • Teach participants how establishing boundaries can be helpful to the group
  • Make sure every participant is heard
Training and materials are free and breakfast and lunch will be provided.


11th Annual NAMI Walk 2015

Saturday, May 16
Artesani Park
1255 Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA 02135
Now is the time to help raise awareness by joining our team and making a donation which will help sustain our organization throughout 2015 and beyond. This year's exciting NAMI WALK in Massachusetts will be held at Artesani Park Brighton, MA. The Walk is 3 Miles (5K) making for a nice loop around the Charles River. Come and join us on May 16th. Event is Saturday, May 16th at Artesani Park in Brighton We'll help with transportation.

Express Yourself

Thursday, May 21 | 7PM
Citi Performing Arts Center (Wang Theatre)
270 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
Planning for our next performance is underway. Last year we saw more than 150 young people take part in an exciting look back at our favorite performance pieces over the last twenty years. They performed in front of a stunning set design that they created during the year-long Express Yourself program and were joined by special guest artists including Blue Man Group and the STOMP cast hailing from the national tour and NYC cast. Youth guests from Boston Children’s Chorus, Pingree Spectrum and In the Makn Dance Team also joined in on this remarkable performance.

More details to come, so stay tuned! As always, show admission will be free with donations gratefully accepted.

If you have suggestions for future events, please contact us! We're happy to hear from you!


Special Thanks

Special thanks to the following organizations and donors for their past and recurring contributions:

Blue Man Group
Reagle Music Theatre
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
SpeakEasy Stage Company
Citi Performing Arts Center
Huntington Theatre
ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage
The Revels
Handel and Haydn
Wheelock Family Theatre

Contact Us

Opening Doors to the Arts provides low-income members of the mental health recovery community with access to low-cost or free arts and entertainment opportunities.

Events are compiled by Director, Howard Trachtman, BS, CPS.
NAMI GBCAN c/o Erich Lindemann DMH Center
25 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
GBCAN phone: (617) 626-8691

In order to best serve you, we would like to know more about the events that most interest you.

*Required field
Full Name*:
First Name

Last Name
Email Newsletter?*: Yes No
Please select each event that you would be interested in attending
Music Events*:
Check all that apply:
Theater Events*:
Check all that apply:
Arts Events*:
Check all that apply:
Visual Art Museum
Dance: Ballet
Dance: Contemporary
Film: Documentary
Film: Popular
Educational Lecture Presentation