Last update: May 21, 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

6th Annual Asian American & Pacific Islander
Mental Health Forum

Thursday, May 21 | 930AM - 3PM
University of Massachusetts Lowell (O'Leary Library)
61 Wilder Street
Lowell, MA 01854
The Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Mental Health Forum is organized by a coalition of providers, advocates and community researchers to address the often overlooked and stigmatized issue of mental health in the AAPI community. This year's forum provides a context for networking, collaboration and education for participants to bring back to their work in various communities that focus on principles of recovery and resiliency for the wellness of individuals and their families in the AAPI community.

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.

Indie Rock Concert featuring Quiet Company

Thursday, May 21 | 8PM
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115

Through the release of three LPs and endless touring, the Austin, Texas band Quiet Company has been making a name for themselves nationally with their energetic live shows and their anthemic, dynamic indie rock.

They’ve gained a huge fanbase while gathering praise from the New York Times, Time, NPR, Last Call with Carson Daly, Paste Magazine, and the Houston Chronicle, among others. They won rock band of the year during South by Southwest 2014, adding to their previous 10 Austin Music Awards including band of the year, album of the year, rock band of the year, indie band of the year, and song of the year, all won on the strength of their 2011 release, We Are All Where We Belong.


Shrek the Musical (Live Theater)

Saturday, May 23 | 3PM
Wheelock Family Theater (Wheelock College)
200 The Riverway
Boston, MA 02215
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay Abaire. Music by Jeanine Tesori. Based on the Dreamworks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig. The production runs 2.5 hours and is recommended for adults, teens, and children 7+.

Mothers and Sons (Live Theatre)

Saturday, May 23 | 4PM
Stanford Calderwood Pavilion (Boston Center for the Arts)
527 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
A 2014 Tony Nominee for Best Play, Mothers & Sons is a timely and touching new play that explores our evolving understanding of what it means to be a family. Funny, provocative, and poignant, this acclaimed drama follows Dallas matriarch Katharine Gerard on an unexpected visit to New York to meet with her late s former partner, who is now married to another man and raising a young son. Forced to consider the life her own son might have led, Katharine must now come to terms with her own life choices and how society has changed around her son.

MOAR Laughs Comedy Show

Sunday, May 24 | 7PM
Regent Theatre
7 Medford Street
Arlington, MA 02474
This is the 5th Annual MOAR Laughs Comedy Benefit "Comics For Recovery" including Tony V., Nicole Veneto, P.J. Walsh & More! Join us for a night of twisted comedy hosted by Jack Lynch to benefit MOAR. Presented by The Massachusetts Organization For Addiction Recovery. Doors at 6pm, show at 7pm. Featuring Boston’s Top Stand-up Comedians.

Free Webinar on Peer Leadership in Early Intervention in Psychosis Services

Wednesday, May 27 | 2PM
This is an online event.
The presenters - Nev Jones, PhD; Irene Hurford, MD; and Berta Britz, MSW, CPS - will discuss both the real-world challenges of robust peer involvement and the potential for such involvement to transform - rather than merely augment - services across the domains of planning, service delivery, policy, and evaluation.

Dentistry From The Heart

Friday, May 29 | 8AM - 4PM
Charles River Dental Associates
50 Staniford Street #303
Boston, MA 02114
If you, or someone you know, is in need of a FREE cleaning, extraction or filling, we are seeing as many patients as possible from 8am-4pm. During our last event, we helped provide free dental care to over 70 adults in need. Everyone deserves a healthy smile, and we really enjoyed working with others so that they can finally meet that goal.

True Colors: Out Youth Theater presents
Louder Than Words (Musical)

Friday, May 29 | 7pm
Saturday, May 30 | 7pm
Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
Each year, the Troupe writes, produces, and performs a show that incorporates their personal stories. This year, the young people are sharing their stories through a musical on DREAMS: personal dreams, dreams for community, and dreams for the world. You are invited to these 2 free performance. Please contact Howard for tickets.

The Peacemakers

Saturday May 30 | 8PM
MIT’s Kresge Auditorium
48 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

The Peacemakers sets the words of “messengers of peace” including Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama and Anne Frank to accessible, stirring music evoking many traditions, from monastic chant to the blues.

Jenkins, one of the world’s most performed living composers, has written that the ethos of the piece can be summed up in one line, from Rumi, the thirteenth-century Persian mystic poet: “All religions, all singing one song: Peace be with you.”


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays (8PM) and Sundays (2PM) | May 28-31, June 4-7, June 11-14
Central Square Theater
450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Presented by Garden Rose Theatre, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a play based on Ken Kesey's 1962 novel of the same name. This event is a fundraiser for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Tickets will cost $20 and will be available online before the show.

5th Annual Mental Health & Law Enforcement Conference

Wednesday, June 3 | 830AM-4PM
Quinsigamond Community College
670 West Boylston Street
Worcester, MA 01606

Goals of the conference include:

  • Provide updates on statewide collaborations and training efforts between mental health and law enforcement
  • Discuss how to use trauma, recovery and culture as multiple lenses to examine and address risk-needs-responsivity factors
  • Update conference attendees on the opioid epidemic and law enforcement/community responses
Please note: This conference is free but pre-registration is required. Lunch will be provided. Please register early as space is limited.


Cambridge Women's Commission presents: Women Navigating the Mental Health System

Thursday, June 4 | 7PM - 830PM
City Hall Annex
344 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139

Speakers include:

  • Xenia Johnson Bhembe, MD: an Adult, Adolescent, & Child psychiatrist with the Cambridge Health Alliance and an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
  • Catherine Pemberton, LICSW: a social worker at the Cambridge Police Department, and has over 15 years’ experience as a clinical social worker in psychiatry and community health


Transformation Center Annual Celebration

Saturday, June 6 | 11AM - 4PM
Plymouth Church
87 Edgell Road
Framingham, MA 01701
The Transformation Center is a statewide training, peer support, policy and best practice center operated by and for people with lived experience of mental health, substance use and trauma recovery. Their annual celebration is being held at Plymouth Church in Framingham. Please contact Howard for more information.

Peers as Crisis Service Providers Webinar

Wednesday, June 10 | 1PM - 230PM
Webinar held Online
Research shows that the involvement of peer specialists is critical to prevention, allows states to save mental health program dollars by reducing cycles of hospitalization and other emergency interventions, and increases recovery and community integration outcomes. Peers are currently playing an increasing role in providing crisis services, through running crisis respites, staffing crisis response centers, and participating in mobile crisis and/or outreach teams. This webinar will provide examples of the range of crisis services that peers can provide, the benefits of integrating peer specialists into crisis services, and common pitfalls to avoid.

Guys & Dolls (Musical)

Wednesday, June 10 | 7PM
Reagle Music Theatre
617 Lexington Street
Waltham, MA 02452

PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED A RIDE OR CAN OFFER A RIDE, I AM HOPING FOR A GOOD TURNOUT. While no tickets necessary, please email Howard if you are interested. While this is being held at a high school, it is a Broadway like performance. Howard saw South Pacific, Me and My Girl, Singing in the Rain and Les Miserables there.

The final dress rehersal which is like the regular production. It is usually at 7pm. HOWEVER THIS IS NOT CONFIRMED YET. You can just show up and bring as many guests as you like, there is plenty of space. At some point you will need to sign in no tickets necessary. Howard plans on attending.


Family Education Program: Eating Disorders Treatment and Recovery

Saturday, June 13 | 10AM - 345PM
Massachusetts General Hospital (The Starr Center Auditorium)
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.


  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder
  • Family-Based Treatment for Child and Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa
  • Preventing Eating Disorders: Teen Mentorship Program Spotlight
  • Long-Term Eating Disorder Recovery
  • Neurobiology and Future Research Directions
  • Patient Panel
Check-in will be from 9:15-10 am. Complimentary coffee, tea, and lunch will be served.


Beethoven's Symphony No.9: A Community Celebration

Sunday, July 26 | 1230PM
Copley Square
560 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
A free outdoor performance of Beethoven’s epic Symphony No. 9 (“Ode to Joy”) in the heart of Copley Square. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy one of the most recognizable works of classical music ever composed.

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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