Last update: April 22, 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

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.


Webster House presents: Spring Ahead

Saturday, April 25 | 11AM-5PM
Webster House Gallery
20 Webster Place
Brookline, MA 02445
Stop by to watch artists at work, view beautiful paintings, drawings, prints, and mixed media, and celebrate spring with some special treats. Can’t make it to the opening reception? The show will continue through June 30, 2015.

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terez

Monday, April 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.

Breaking the Silence:
Living with Mental Illness (Information Fair)

Tuesday, April 28 | 530PM-8PM
Monty Tech
1050 Westminster Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

The event will feature a mental health and wellness information fair, 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by presentation on how parents and young people have responded to mental illness individually and as a family. Debra M. Kott, Director of Y.O.U. Inc., Family Center, Gardner, will address the topic of “Caregivers: Taking Care of and Protecting your Own Mental Health.”

There will also be an overview of emergency mental health services and the ER experience by Rolando Perea, ER Director, Health Alliance Hospital; Nora Salovardos, Director Psychiatric Services, Heywood Hospital; and Julie Orozco, Youth Mobile Crisis Director, Community Healthlink. This event is free and open to the public.


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:
Sharing Hope: Understanding Mental Health

Thursday, April 30 | 630PM-830PM
Codman Square Library
690 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is partnering with its Multicultural Access Center, state and local chapters to raise awareness about mental illness in the African American community to offer Sharing Hope: Understanding Mental Health, an inspirational presentation & dialogue involving family, faith and peer-based role modeling to shatter age old myths about mental illness, stigma, personal responsibility, treatment and community supports allowing you to have the best care for yourself and your love ones. Free Parking & Refreshments.

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.


Shrek the Musical

Friday, May 8 | 730PM
Wheelock Family Theater (Wheelock College - Boston Campus)
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+. I should have plenty of tickets for everyone, request as many as you will like. If you want to eat with us as a group the nearby Wheelock Cafeteria at 150 The Riverway is open until 7pm, will try to get there by 6pm, all you can eat for about $9.00.

Bipolar Disorder: Biology, Genetics and Treatment Educational Program

Saturday, May 9 | 10AM-330PM
Massachusetts General Hospital (Starr Center Auditorium)
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 focusing on genetics, biology, and treatments. This free educational program is designed exclusively for patients, families and friends. This program is not offered for continuing education credit.

Topics include: Psychobiology of Bipolar Disorder, Genetics of Bipolar Disorder, Emotional Dysregulation, and more. The program is offered at no charge for patients and their families. Complimentary coffee, tea, and lunch will be served. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.


Two Hats Networking Dinner

Thursday, May 14 | 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.

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.

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.


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.


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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