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Voices: Two Exhibits that Raise the Voices of Milton Residents

Saturday, December 31, 2022
TIME: LOCATION: Wotiz Gallery CONTACT: Jean Hlady, 617.698.5757

“Voices: Two Exhibits that Raise the Voices of Milton Residents” opened at the Milton Public Library in our Wotiz Gallery on the first floor on November 15th and will continue through December 29th.  The two segments of this exhibit address these topics: “What does teen mental health look like in Milton?” and “The Opioid Project: Changing Perceptions through Art and Storytelling.” In The Opioid Project, residents of Milton – all of whom have been impacted by the Opioid epidemic – gathered together with Boston-based artist Nancy Marks, and Health Story Collaborative founder Annie Brewster, to form a safe space to process their personal experiences through creating collages and sharing stories.  These stories became audio recordings, and together with the art, they contextualize and bring to life the human costs of the opioid epidemic.  Each art collage will be paired with its recorded audio story, and these stories are powerful.  The Milton Coalition is focused on the prevention of substance use and the promotion of mental health among youth. The art and stories that came out of this workshop will be used in the organization’s prevention and education work here in Milton. This exhibit was completed in collaboration with the Forbes House Museum as a part of their Opioid: The Business of Addiction which is on view both at the Forbes House Museum and on the second floor of the Milton Public Library.   There will be a free and open reception held in the Wotiz Gallery display on Thursday, December 8th from 6:30 to 8 PM.  Please join us for this event

The Milton Coalition believes in amplifying the voices of young people.  The second part of “Voices” addresses youth mental health and was created by local youth.  Teen mental health is in a crisis right now, and substance use disorders co-occur at high prevalence with mental disorders.  These powerful expressions by young people are a close look at what they are experiencing in their lives today.  The November/December exhibits are part of a large collaborative project between The Milton Coalition and the Forbes House Museum.  The Forbes House display is called: “Opium: The Business of Addiction.”   The Forbes display has two parts: at the Forbes House Museum, you can learn about the Forbes family’s involvement in the 19th century opium trade, its links to the current opioid epidemic, and its lasting impact on U.S.-Sino relations.

You may see the Forbes House Museum website for more information about “Opium: The Business of Addition:” www.forbeshousemuseum.org  And for more information about the Milton Coalition, including important resources to combat youth substance use, go to: www.milton-coalition.org or Email info@milton-coalition.org    The Milton Coalition is based out of the Milton Health Department and is funded by a Drug-Free Communities grant from the CDC.  If you have questions about any of these Wotiz Gallery displays, please Email jhlady@ocln.org or call the Reference Dept. at (617) 898-4964.  We encourage you to visit the Wotiz Gallery this December.

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