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To encourage healthy choices in and for our communities by counteracting mainstream media stereotypes about violence, racism, and substance abuse. And to widely display community-generated artwork through a public-service billboard campaign and a Bay-Area-wide Roving Art exhibit of all artwork submitted to the project.
Health Through Art believes that artwork created as a part of a recovery, or discovery process can be as beneficial to the COMMUNITY as it is to the individual. Working for over 15 years in Alameda and SF counties, HTA invites people 5 to 95 years old to sumbit their artwork every other year, based on a list of themes gathered from community focus groups. These themes range from anti-racism and anti-violence messages to promotion of vegetable-eating and "taking care of one another." Our multi-cultural, multi-ethnic Community Advisory Board selects 10 pieces for display on billboards, busses, BART interiors and other public media spaces, and all submitted artwork is then displayed throughout the two year period as a part of our Roving Art Show at cafes, galleries, libraries, recovery centers and in public buildings. HTA uses a community-based process at every step to ensure that the project is a reflection of the diverse community in which it was birthed.
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