Last update: February 19, 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, January 28 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.


Thursday, February 19 | 630PM-830PM
Center Club
31 Bowker Street
Boston, MA 02114
GUEST SPEAKER: Author D. J. Munroe FIRST BREAK: Schizophrenia: Recovery is Possible. 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.

Gateway Arts presents:
Homage to Film

Thursday, February 19 | 7PM
Gateway Arts Gallery
62 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02445
Since its invention in the 1890's, the motion picture camera has revolutionized the way we communicate. Join Vinfen's Gateway Arts, for an exhibition that pays tribute to Gateway Arts artists favorite films, film personalities, and the filmmaking process itself. You are invited to take in the art while you mingle with Gateway artists, sip prosecco, and snack on cheese and treats.

Educational Program:
Obsessive Compulsive and Body Dysmorphic
Disorders in Adults and Children

Saturday, February 21 | 10AM-345PM
Massachusetts General Hospital
The Starr Center Auditorium
Charles River Plaza, 185 Cambridge Street, 2nd floor
Boston, MA, 02114
Please join us for the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Psychiatry's upcoming patient and family education program: Obsessive Compulsive and Body Dysmorphic Disorders in Adults and Children. This program will focus on a review of the similarities and differences between OCD and OCD-spectrum disorders. In addition, we will discuss treatment strategies to manage symptoms of these problems that can be applied in your daily life.

This is My Brave Show: Boston Auditions

Saturday, February 21 | 10AM-2PM
Sunday, February 22 | 12PM-3PM
Footlight Club's Parker Room (Saturday), 7 Eliot Street, Boston, MA 02130
The Dance Complex (Sunday), 536 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
This Is My Brave is committed to end the stigma of mental illness. We are convinced we can do this one story at a time. Are you interested in being brave? Do you have a story to tell? Consider auditioning for The This Is My Brave Show Boston. It’s time. We’re seeking amateurs who have a talent in writing or music. Each essay, music, or poem must not exceed 5 minutes in length.

ReelAbilities Screening of
Stand Clear the Closing Doors

Thursday, February 24 | 6PM
Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138
Ricky, a 13-year-old boy with autism, lives with his hard-working mother, Mariana, an undocumented immigrant. Ricky is deeply imaginative but painfully isolated. When Mariana yells at Ricky for skipping school, in a panic he escapes into the New York City subway system. Losing track of space and time in the massive underground labyrinth, Ricky embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery, observing scenes of urban pathos and oddity while his body weakens from hunger. Discussion to follow.

Brown Bag Lunch Series:
Race Relations Then and Now

Wednesday, February 25 | 12PM-2PM
Health & Human Services Commonwealth of Massachusetts
600 Washington Street, 4th Floor, Rooms 4066-4067
Boston, MA 02111
A diverse group of panelists share their insights and experiences on race relations spanning the civil rights era to the present.

Third Annual Bullying Prevention & Education Conference

Wednesday, February 25
First Assembly of God Church
30 Tyler Prentice Road
Worcester, MA 01605
This year’s all-new agenda features a keynote address by Allan L. Beane, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert, speaker, and author on bullying. A dynamic and highly sought-after speaker, he presents keynote addresses, presentations, and workshops to school districts, corporations, organizations, colleges, students, and parents throughout the United States.

The conference features morning and afternoon workshops, including:

  • Developing Individual Intervention Plans for Bullied Students and Students Who Bully (presented by Dr. Beane)
  • Creating a School Action Plan for Bullying Prevention
  • Understanding and Implementing Bullying Laws
  • Social Media and Cyber Bullying
  • Building Empathy and Respect: An Experiential Approach

ReelAbilities Screening of
Mabul (The Flood)

Wednesday, February 25 | 7PM
Warwick Place Cinema
123 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
In this coming-of-age drama, a family struggles to keep up appearances while hiding their painful truths from one another. While the younger son prepares for his bar mitzvah, the older son, who has autism, returns from an institution. As the pressure builds on the family, their secrets begin to emerge. In person: Susan Senator, author. Reception to follow.

ReelAbilities Screening of
A Whole Lott More

Thursday, February 26 | 630PM
Malden High School
77 Salem Street
Malden, MA 02148
We are thrilled to partner with ReelAbilities Boston to host a screening of A Whole Lott More at Malden High School on Thursday, February 26th. A Whole Lott More is an award-winning documentary about three people with disabilities who are searching for employment and the disability services organization, LOTT industries that is trying to help them achieve their goals.

ReelAbilities Screening of
Keep the Change

Thursday, February 26 | 630PM
Springfield Jewish Community Center
1160 Dickinson Street
Springfield, MA 01108
David and Sarah, two young people with autism, meet at a support group for people with disabilities.

ReelAbilities Screening of
A Life with Asperger's

Thursday, February 26 | 630PM
Springfield Jewish Community Center
1160 Dickinson Street
Springfield, MA 01108
An animated documentary describes the challenges of growing up and living with Asperger’s Syndrome. Includes a reception and VELCRO® Brand 100 Cameras Project Exhibit on display.

Boston Jewish Music Festival

Friday, February 27 to Sunday, March 15

The BJMF is a entrepreneurial non-profit cultural organization dedicated to presenting outstanding Jewish music of all kinds and performers to the Greater Boston and regional community. Through musical concerts, workshops and educational forums, we use creative marketing and collaboration with all who share our vision and interest, seeking to deepen the understanding of and appreciation for Jewish culture and tradition.

Multiple events are already free. Check Events for more details. Howard has been able to secure a block of tickets for the following events:

  • Sacred Songs of Hindus & Jews (Sunday, March 1 | 4PM)
    Temple Ohabei Shalom (Brookline, MA)
  • Israeli All-Star Cabaret (Sunday, March 7 | 730PM)
    Leventhal-Sidman JCC (Newton, MA)
  • Classical & Operatic Music from Jewish Composers (Sunday, March 15 | 7PM)
    Temple Emanuel (Newton, MA)s

Email your ticket request to Howard and wait for confirmation


"The Moth Radio Hour" Live Show

Tuesday, March 3 | 7PM
Westin Boston Waterfront, Laugh Boston
425 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth has presented more than three thousand stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Moth podcast is downloaded more than one million times a month, and the sixth season of the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, produced by Jay Allison and presented by PRX, The Public Radio Exchange, will air this fall on radio stations nationwide.

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.

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

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