Vail Place Awarded Partners in Arts Participation Grant by Minnesota State Arts Board

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HOPKINS, Minn. - Feb. 16, 2018 - PRLog -- Representatives from Vail Place, a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services, supports and resources for adults with mental illnesses, announced the organization has received a $23,589 grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The Partners in Arts Participation grant will be used for the Vail Place Theater Arts Program in which members (clients) work with professional Teaching Artists from St. Paul's History Theatre to develop performance pieces based on their lived experiences.

"Since starting this program we've learned that members working with professional theater artists results in a collaboration and exploration that is highly creative and reveals human courage, pain, joy and resilience in a way that directly benefits everyone involved," said Stefano LoVerso, Director of External Affairs for Vail Place. "We're fortunate to live in a state that supports important programs like this one. Not only do program participants benefit, but the awareness and understanding this project promotes serve an important function for the broader community. It helps send the message that early, effective mental health treatment saves lives."

Throughout the course of the program, professional teaching artists from the History Theatre work with Vail Place members at both the Hopkins and Minneapolis Clubhouses during a series of 15-week workshops. Members engage in creative writing exercises and other theater processes that many have described as illuminating as well as cathartic. Members will perform their work as scenes, monologues, poetry, song and dance during a special performance at St. Paul's History Theatre on February 13, 2018.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

About Vail Place

Vail Place is a non-profit organization based in Hopkins, Minnesota. The organization was founded in 1981 to provide community-based recovery services for adults with serious mental illnesses. It has expanded over the years to include Targeted Case Management and Collaborative Community Programs, including site-based supportive housing and a Total Care Collaborative in North Minneapolis in partnership with North Memorial. Vail Place operates three facilities in Hopkins and Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information, visit

Bonnie Harris
Tags:Mental Health, Theatre, Vail Place
Location:Hopkins - Minnesota - United States
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