Last update: January 26, 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

Inspiration in the Desert
Composer Max Stern in Concert

Monday January 26 | 7PM
Boston University (Hillel House)
213 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
You are invited to a concert of the Israeli composer Max Stern, on Jan. 26, at 7:00 PM, in Hillel House at Boston University, 213 Bay State Road, Boston. At 6:00 PM a lecture on the subject will take place. See attached poster. Free admission!

Self-Care is Primary Care Webinar

Tuesday, January 27 | 2PM-330PM
Online Webinar
Microsoft Office Live Meeting
Register here.
When we think of primary care, we think of the office, nurses and physicians we visit for our annual physical and routine health needs. In this webinar Patricia E. Deegan, PhD will flip the notion of primary care and argue that self-care is primary care. Using examples from her own recovery and that of others, she will explain how flipping healthcare in this way defines new roles for individuals, families and staff. New skills and new measureable outcomes will also be described.

Boston Symphony Orchestra presents:
Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terez

Tuesday, January 27 | 8PM
Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terez, a profoundly moving multimedia concert-drama, combines the magnificent music of Verdi with video testimonials and narration, to tell the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terez) who performed the celebrated Verdi Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation. With only a smuggled score, they performed the famous oratorio sixteen times, including one performance before senior SS officials from Berlin and an International Red Cross delegation. This concert is approximately 115 minutes with no intermission.

Exclusive screening of
Project Almanac

Wednesday, January 28 | 6PM
AMC Loews Boston Common 19
175 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111
Teenagers build a time machine, but their joy is short-lived when they discover the ripple effects of their actions.

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.

Exclusive screening of
Kingsman: The Secret Service

Thursday, January 29 | 7PM
Regal Fenway Stadium 13 & RPX
201 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton), whose late father secretly worked for a spy organization, lives in a South London housing estate and seems headed for a life behind bars. However, dapper agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) recognizes potential in the youth and recruits him to be a trainee in the secret service. Meanwhile, villainous Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) launches a diabolical plan to solve the problem of climate change via a worldwide killing spree.

Exclusive screening of
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Saturday, January 31 | 10AM
AMC Loews Boston Common 19
175 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111
SpongeBob goes on a quest to discover a stolen recipe that takes him to our dimension, our world, where he tangles with a pirate.

Speakeasy Stage Company presents
A Future Perfect

Saturday, January 31 | 4PM
Sunday, February 1 | 3PM
Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts
527 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

Claire and Max find their values put to the test when best friends Alex and Elena announce they are having a baby. Claire is climbing the corporate ladder in advertising, while her husband Max is a puppeteer for PBS. With friends entering into parenthood, they ask: What happened to the indie-rock kids that hated everything their parents believed in?

Howard has a good batch of tickets. Please email your request to him with choice of date.


DMH Legislative Breakfast
for Metro Boston

Thursday, February 12 | 930AM-1130AM
Massachusetts State House (Great Hall)
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 01233
This is a great event with food, a speaking program and an opportunity to engage our legislators. Please make every effort to attend this great event. We hope you can join us!

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.

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

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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