Last update: September 30, 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.

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Upcoming Events

Whole Health Action Management Training

Tuesday, September 8 | 12PM - 230PM
(Tuesdays weekly for 10 weeks)
Lowell Resource Center
The Hildreth Building
45 Merrimack Street, Suite 407
Lowell, MA 01852
Join this 10-week peer-to-peer course designed to help you set person-centered health and resiliency goals using strength-based process. We will help each other learn how to self manage our overall health and develop resilience. Note: Please refrain from wearing scents such as perfumes or scented clothing.

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program

Tuesday, September 29 | 630PM - 9PM
(Tuesdays weekly for 12 weeks)
The Schraffts Center
529 Main Street
Boston, MA 02129
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. The course includes:
  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders.
  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence.
  • Current research related to the biology of the brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery.
  • Gaining empathy by understanding subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness.
  • Additional topics will be discussed. Please click "Read more..." below for more details.

Removing the Stigma

Thursday, October 1 | 530PM
UMass Memorial - HealthAlliance Hospital
Leominster Campus, Simonds Building
60 Hospital Road (Entrance F, Guild Conference Room)
Leominster, MA 01453
There will be a panel discussion featuring local youth and community leaders as they share their personal experiences and their journey in helping to remove the stigma of mental illness. The event will be moderated by Deborah Weymouth, President & CEO of HealthAlliance Hospital.

Gateway Arts presents: Media Blitz

Thursday, October 1 | 6PM - 8PM
Gateway Arts Gallery
62 Harvard Street, Suite 2
Brookline, MA 02445
This exhibition of drawings, paintings, artist books, and 3-D pieces highlights the work of Gateway artists who draw inspirations from popular media. What they recognize as art can be found in video games, animated films, graphic novels, and comics. The artist reception for Media Blitz will be held on Thursday, October 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gateway Arts Gallery at 62 Harvard Street. You are invited to take in the art while you mingle with Gateway Arts artists, enjoy live music by Erica Sutherland of Littlefoot, and treat yourself to complimentary burritos by Anna's Taqueria and beer.

Shades of Inclusion

Friday, October 2 | 6PM - 10PM
Open Door Gallery
89 South Street, Suite 101
Boston, MA 02111
Artist Leaders unpack what inclusion means to each of them through their respective work, installed in the Open Door Gallery. We're transforming the Non-Profit Center into "Club Community" for Friday night libations and laughter (read: it's time to dance). The show beckons the viewer to interact with the nebulous term of inclusion, asking each of us to examine our own inclusionary bias, opening the term for critique, investigation and building. Above all, the exhibit is a celebration of the diversity found in our local and international communities, utilizing art as a catalyst for multi-dimensional conversations on inclusion.

Massachusetts General Hospital presents:
Emerging Treatments for Difficult to Treat Depression:
Neurotherapeutics and New Medications

Saturday, October 3 | 10AM - 345PM
Massachusetts General Hospital
The Starr Center Auditorium, Charles River Plaza
185 Cambridge Street, 2nd floor
Boston, MA, 02114
This free educational program is designed exclusively for patients, families and friends. This program is not offered for continuing education credit. Complimentary coffee, tea, and lunch will be served. Topics include:
  • Treatment Resistant Depression
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
  • Ketamine for Depression
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
  • Patient and Family Panel

ArtsEmerson presents:
Mr. Joy by Daniel Beaty

Saturday, October 3 | 8PM
Jackie Liebergott Black Box
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
What happened to Mr. Joy? A Harlem community is shaken when Mr. Joy, a Chinese immigrant whose shoe repair shop has been a neighborhood pillar for decades, is the victim of an attack. Through the lens of Mr. Joy's customers, from the bubbly eleven-year-old Clarissa (who captured everyone's heart in Daniel Beaty's Emergency) to the sincere and savvy “gangsta granny” Bessie, we learn the profound yet unassuming impact the shop owner has had on each of their lives. Playwright and ArtsEmerson Artist-in-Residence Daniel Beaty (Breath & Imagination, Emergency) returns with another moving reflection on transforming pain into power, this time through the virtuosic performance by acclaimed actress Tangela Large. A poignant, funny and stirring solo piece, Mr. Joy invites us to consider how we respond to violence as individuals and as a community, and the power of the invisible ties that bind us all.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

Wednesday, October 7 | 1030AM - 12PM
(Wednesdays weekly for 10 weeks)
MBRLC/The Hope Center
25 Staniford Street, Plaza Level
Boston, MA 02114
A workshop for those who experience mental health challenge and those who want to write a WRAP. Topics include:
  • Taking preventative action early
  • 5 keys to mental health recovery
  • Empowerment and responsibility
  • The importance of education

Two Hats Networking Dinner

Thursday, October 8 | 6PM - 8PM
Bertucci's Restaurant
799 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
We get together once a month to network and support each other. BERTUCCIS's has a variety of food and has a really good unlimited salad/soup combo. Bertucci's phone number is (617) 661-8356. There is plenty of metered parking nearby and it is free after 6pm. We get separate checks (pay your own way) and they accept credit cards.

NIMH’s Latest Findings, Society, and the Battle for Democracy

Friday, October 9 | 2PM - 4PM
1881 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701
Bruce Levine, Psychologist, Author and Blogger for Mad in America, Salon and the Huffington Post will be speaking at NIMH’s Latest Findings, Society, and the Battle for Democracy. Recent announcements by the director of the National Institute of Mental Health with respect to the chemical imbalance theory of mental illness, the DSM, and the treatment of people diagnosed with schizophrenia call for changes in mental health treatment. However, many patients and their families remain unaware of these NIMH findings. What about our society keeps mental health professionals from implementing changes that would provide for greater informed choice? What can we do to facilitate change that would provide for greater democracy in mental health?

NAMI Program: WITNESSES TO THE DARK by Bob and Patricia Larsted

Tuesday, October 13 | 6PM
Messiah Lutheran Church
750 Rindge Road
Fitchburg, MA 01420
This is a frank talk on mental health by Bob Larsted and his daughter Patricia Larsted. Join the conversation about Patricia’s battle with anxiety, depression, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, and schizoaffective disorders. Share their journey through the minefield of school, family, and today’s healthcare system as they struggled to find a way for Patricia to survive and, ultimately, thrive. If you are able to join us for dinner (lasagna, salad, fresh-baked bread, cookies), please contact us so that we may order enough food.


Thursday, October 15 | 630PM-830PM
Center Club
31 Bowker Street
Boston, MA 02114
Enjoy free pizza and soda while we discuss the issues affecting the mental health community. Meeting is scheduled to end at 8:30PM but sometimes we end earlier or later. Please feel free to leave when you need to.

Think:Kids' First Annual Conference

Saturday, October 17
Microsoft NERD Center
1 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142
Think:Kids will bring together parents and professionals at our First Annual Conference. ALL ARE WELCOME - those who are passionate about the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach, those who want to learn more, even those who are completely new to the approach can attend! A special keynote address will be given by Jerome Kagan, Ph.D., a luminary figure in the field of developmental psychology and the forefather of temperament research.

JP@Home presents: Free Medicare Benefits Workshop

Thursday, October 22 | 7PM - 830PM
English High School Auditorium
144 McBride Street
Boston, MA 02130
Medicare Open Enrollment October 15 - December 7. Please join us on Thursday, October 22, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the English High School Auditorium, 144 McBride St in Jamaica Plain, for a free Medicare Benefits Workshop. This event is sponsored by JP@Home, a new aging-in-place initiative of Ethos. JP@Home helps Jamaica Plain residents remain in their own homes as they age and stay connected to their friends and neighbors. The workshop is being presented by the SHINE Program (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) and is tailored for older adults and those who advocate or provide care for seniors or disabled persons.

NAMI Massachsusetts State Convention

Saturday, October 31 | 8AM
Doubletree by Hilton
99 Erdman Way
Leominster, MA 04153
Workshops include: Peer-to-Peer: Images of Recovery, Best Practices in Law Enforcement/Mental Health, Mission Direct Vet and Veterans Treatment Courts, and NAMI Mass Compass and Friends: Connecting You to Mental Health Resources.

Boston Jewish Film Festival

November 4 - 16
Event Venue
Howard can get tix to all films except "Apples from the Desert". I'm told that "Do You Believe In Love" And "Breakfast At Ina's" have a disabilty theme.

New Approaches to Treatment and Services for Persons with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Monday, November 9 | 8AM
10 Winter Place
Boston, MA 02108
Hear from a variety of experts in the field discuss forms of substance abuse treatment and models of care, drug courts, and Section 35. Experts will also discuss challenges related to medication treatment, client compliance with program requirements, navigating the health and insurance systems, and addressing clients’ other social needs.

The Trumpet of the Swan

Friday, November 13 | 730PM
Wheelock Family Theater
Wheelock College, Boston Campus
200 The Riverway
Boston, MA 02215
Can a brass horn be the key to love? Louis, a trumpeter swan, is different from his sibling cygnets, for he was born without voice. When he falls in love with the regal swan, Serena, he is unable to woo her with his grand trumpeting call. Sam Beaver, a human friend, takes Louis to school thinking the swan just needs to learn how to read and write. Unfortunately the other swans on the pond do not know how to read and continue to question this swan’s differentness. Louis's father tries to help too; seeking out and impulsively stealing a brass trumpet. (This criminal act is unfortunate). Despite these conflicts, with great diligence, patience, and resilience, Louis learns to play the instrument and communicate his thoughts and feelings through the power of music. Eventually his technique soars and Louis wins Serena's heart. E. B. White’s award-winning story is inspired by the natural world and our own very human need to connect and to communicate.

The MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players present:
The Gondoliers

Saturday, December 12
Two Venetian Gondoliers discover that one of them is actually the heir to the throne of Barataria - but don't know which of them is the heir and which is just a Gondolier! Their new wives are thrilled with the notion that one of them will be queen, but complications threaten: the daughter of the Duke of Plaza-Toro married the heir when both were infants, so the Duke, Duchess, and their daughter come to claim their place at court when they hear that the heir has been found. Excellent husbands are bisected and wives are divisible into three! Who is the real king? Who is the real queen? Join us for a musical comedy extravaganza and find out!

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

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