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A few links, news items, announcements related to the 'mad arts.'

Folder Anna Schuleit's Flower Art in "Mass Mental"
Just before the infamous "Mass. Mental" (formally known as Massachusetts Mental Health Center) was being shut for good, artist Anna Schuleit created an art installation with nearly 28,000 potted flowers. Here are news items about the art event.
Page "Alphabet," world social forum, psychiatry
A creative individual submitted an 'alphabet' about the mental health system to MindFreedom, that is intended to educate the World Social Forum.
News Item Mad Arts Artist Wins Half Million Dollars
A New York City-based artist who works on transforming abandoned psychiatric institutions into memorials with art (such as Northampton State Hospital in Massachusetts) won a MacArthur "Genius Award" of $500,000.
Link Altered States of the Arts
The website, created by Ed Pazicky of Florida, is to celebrate the artistic spirit, the artists who have experienced the mental health system and who have used their talents in their recovery, and to demonstrate how art can be used for social change. We also provide information about arts programs in the country, give updates on arts events, and plan for a MAD Arts Festival in 2008.
News Item New Album by Psychiatric Survivor Activist
Below is a press release concerning the release of Leah Harris' new spoken word album, 'Take Refuge.'
Article Reading Kafka Improves Learning, Suggests Psychology Study
A psychology study seems to say that 'mad' art -- such as an absurdist Kafka story -- may at times help the mind. The MAD PRIDE movement knew this already! The mind is neither chaos nor order, it's 'chaordic,' on the edge twixt the two. (In other words, as we might say in a MindFreedom Normality Screening, "Why do turnips rotate counter-clockwise while floating around Pluto?")
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Lauren Tenney, psychiatric survivor activist from New York State

First involuntarily institutionalized, at 15, Lauren Tenney is a survivor of psychiatry. She has been involved with the user and survivor movement since 1992. Her goal is to help stop forced psychiatric procedures, detainment, and confinement, human rights violations, psychiatric abuse and torture. Of particular concern are the elimination of forced electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) on people of all ages, but particularly children and senior citizens, forced drugging, restraints, seclusion, behavioral interventions, and coercion of any kind. Lauren, a Mad-Activist/ Artist/ Author/ Academic/ Adjunct Professor is coordinating The Opal Project, an outcome of participatory action research she coordinated for field research in the PhD program in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation topic is: "The Institutionalized "Community." She became involved with WE THE PEOPLE when the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights and MindFreedom International needed someone on the ground in Brooklyn, New York to coordinate a response where Esmin Green was murdered-by-neglect. She now lives in Albany, NY with her service dog-in-training and cat. For more info: www.TheOpalProject.org and www.etrash.tv
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