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Posted Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Deadline for Submissions Week of  Sept. 15 — Focus on Mental illness and Substance Use

Featured artist Tara O'Leary's South Mountain Red.

Featured artist Tara O’Leary’s South Mountain Red.

The Montville Stigma-Free Task Force invites visual artists to submit artwork for Expressions of Hope, an art show and community event on October 19.

There is still time for submissions, which should express complex emotions, experiences, and stories surrounding mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and the stigma associated with them.

All artists, both professional and amateur, are encouraged to submit their work to the Montville Stigma-Free Task Force for consideration. There is no entry fee and there is no limit on number of submissions. Artists must be at least age 13.

Expressions of Hope is an annual community event held at Montville Senior House that seeks to raise awareness, encourage hope, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health disorders and substance use disorders. The Mental Health Players will perform during the event and health advocates attend to provide information.

The mission of Montville Stigma-Free Task Force, which is a member of the countywide Stigma-Free community, is to reduce the stigma associated with mental health disorders and substance use disorders.

Marisa Rincon's painting Green Eyes

Marisa Rincon’s Green Eyes

Important Dates/Times:

  • Submission deadline – week of Sept. 16
  • Notifications announced – week of Sept. 23
  • Artwork delivery/setup – Oct. 19 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. only.
  • Event – Saturday, Oct. 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Montville Senior House, 365 Main Road, Montville.

To see specifications for submissions, download the call for artists specifications here, visit or contact Aimee Puluso, MTSFT Coordinator, at [email protected] or 973-331-3316.

This event is part of the countywide Morris County Stigma-Free initiative, which is focused on removing the stigma associated with mental illness and substance abuse, to foster a climate of healing and recovery.

Stigma Free Morris County: The primary reason people fail to seek the help they need is due to the stigma associated with the disease of mental illness. Main reasons cited are shame and fear of judgment from friends, family and co-workers. Such judgment is often rooted in a lack of knowledge or training.

Morris County is committed to disseminating information and fostering a stigma-free environment where people are free from judgment and can get the help they need to recover from diseases such as mental illness and substance abuse.