The Healing Power of Art

Five lucky branches in the Harris County Public Library system had some very special art on display this last month.  The beautiful works adorning the library walls were not a gift from some anonymous billionaire as a “flex,” but instead they were part of the “Youth Art Showcase” organized by Mental Health America of Greater Houston.   

Mental Health America of Greater Houston’s “Youth Art Showcase,” now in its seventh year, has consistently highlighted the healing power of art.  This year, those students’ art had the added distinction of hanging on their local library’s walls as a result of a new partnership between the Harris County Public Library and Mental Health America of Greater Houston. 

In addition to displaying the student’s art, Harris County Public Library also coordinated the online awards ceremony for the showcase with a panel discussion featuring local Houston Artists, Shay Vensel and Akaimi Davis. (Click here to view Award Ceremony and Panel Discussion)

The annual art showcase is a celebration and awareness event highlighting the importance of protecting the Youth Mental Health Center for School Behavioral Health.  Students (ages 5-20) submitted visual art in a variety of forms and mediums. This year’s showcase theme was, “What Strength Means to Me.”  And while all of the showcase participants are winners, displayed in this blog are the first-place awards in a few of the categories. 

See the Youth Art Showcase at these branch libraries