Last update: August 25, 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

Concerts in the Courtyard: Monteverdi Madrigals

Friday, August 28 | 1230PM
Central Library in Copley Square
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Scott Allen Jarrett conducts members of the H+H chorus in music by the extended Bach family, including Komm, Jesu, Komm by Johann Sebastian Bach and works by Johann Ludwig and Johann Christian Bach.

Bowling! with NAMI GBCAN

Friday, August 28 | 6PM - 8PM
Jillian's & Lucky Strike Lanes
145 Ipswich Street
Boston, MA 02215
Join NAMI GBCAN for a night of fun and bowling! We have four lanes and room for 40 people. You are you own for food and drink. Please let me know if you are interested in coming. Some people just come to socialize even if they don't bowl.

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 Cambridge/Middlesex presents:
"What I Have Learned About Resilience and Recovery" with Pete Earley

Tuesday, September 8 | 630PM - 830PM
Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138
Pete Earley returns to Cambridge for "What I Have Learned About Resilience and Recovery: A Mental Health Journey from Despair to Recovery to Determination"

Two Hats Networking Dinner

Thursday, September 10 | 6PM
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.

NAMI Greater North Shore's Annual Picnic

Saturday, September 12 | 12PM - 3PM
David S. Lynch Memorial Park
55 Ober Street
Beverly, MA 01915
The picnic features 16-acres of the oceanfront park, lunch served, socializing with people in recovery (plus family and friends), games, walk the beach and/or swim in the ocean. Please bring lawn chairs and RSVP with Howard or at

Calderwood Speakeasy Stage Company presents:

Sunday, September 13 | 7PM
Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts
527 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
After the death of their patriarch, the estranged members of the Lafayette clan gather at their crumbling Arkansas plantation home to mourn his loss and settle his estate. While sifting through a lifetime of memories and junk, they make a gruesome discovery that forces them to confront their family's dark past. Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Neighbors, An Octoroon) offers his own subversive take on a classic American genre for a bold new look at race and identity.


Thursday, September 17 | 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.

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program

Thursday, September 17 | 7PM - 930PM
(Thursdays weekly for 12 weeks)
The Edinburg Center
First Floor Training Room
1040 Waltham Street
Lexington, MA 02421
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.

Maestro Musicians' Academy presents:
Israeli Classical Music Concert

Thursday, September 24 | 7PM
Newton Library, Druker Auditorium
330 Homer Street
Newton, MA 02459
Please join us for a wonderful evening of Israeli Classical Music at the Newton Library on September 24 at 7 PM. Admission is free!

Apple Picking at Drew Farm

Friday, September 25 | 11AM - 2PM
Drew Farm
31 Tudmuck Road
Westford, MA 01886
1 free bag of your "hand-picked" apples and a picnic lunch is provided. You can purchase fresh-pressed apple cider and come together for fun and laughter. Limited transportation is available. Call Christine to register at 978-687-4288, ext. 131.

Rock Into Recovery Festival

Saturday, September 26 | 11AM - 3PM
Waltham Commons
610 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02452
ROCK INTO RECOVERY was founded years ago by former NAMI GBCAN outreach & development coordinator Todd Lena through the agency that provides Howard's services, the Edinburg Center. There are usualy several different musicians/bands performing. Also in recent years a 5K walk/race was added. The 5K race/walk is from 10am-11am. The Rock into Recovery festival itself is from 11am-3pm on the Waltham Common, served by the #70 bus from Central Square Cambridge.

Greater Boston Theatre Expo

Tuesday, September 29 | 5PM - 8PM
Cyclorama, BCA
539 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
This event features 70+ theater companies in the Boston area and is attended by hundreds or audience members and artists! Audience members can join to learn about the upcoming seasons, enter to win free tickets, or create new connections with other non-profits in the local area. The event is free and open to the public!

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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