134 pieces of original artwork, 3 nationally known speakers, more than 300 guests....
That's what happened last week at The Art of Recovery Events held at the Pump House Regional Center for the Arts in La Crosse, WI. It started as a celebration of the hard work and successes of individuals living with disabilities using the creation of art as part of their recovery process, and it grew to a week long event in which we not only celebrated, but we also shared hope and inspiration for all those who joined us!
Jim Wachtendonk, Vietnam Veteran who lives with PTSD and Agent Orange exposure, shared not only his original art, but also his music and song writing. Michael Beers, a stand-up comic living with physical disabilities, shared his humor and wit while educating us about life with disabilities. Kevin Hines, a suicide survivor who lives with bi-polar manic depressive tendencies with psychotic episodes, shared not only his experiences but also how he can live mentally well in spite of mental illness. All three gentlemen were tremendously honest in sharing their stories with us, and wonderfully welcoming to those who had questions and wanted to share their experiences too.
Most of all, every single guest at The Art of Recovery left with hope - the hope that they could have wonderfully full and rich lives regardless of disability. Thanks to all who helped to make the week of events so spectacular!
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