Art to Reduce Mental Health Stigma (A.R.M.S.)
ARMS is a nonprofit whose mission is to challenge the stigma surrounding mental illness through art as a forum for self-expression, healing, and dialogue. With a wide variety of events for everyone from professional artists to beginners, ARMS creates a space for individuals with mental illness to develop new work, share their experiences, and expand their audience. By welcoming allies and community members, providing a platform for open and honest discussions of mental health, we hope to generate both individual and institutional progress in de-stigmatizing mental illness.
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Rachel Villari's work communicates emotionally subjective experiences through her bold use of color. While drawing inspiration from a variety of styles – ranging from Artemisia Gentilischi to Hilma af Klint – her abstract paintings explore ideas related to female representation in popular culture. Her work has been exhibited throughout New England, including Rhode Island School of Design's Woods-Gerry Gallery, the Newport Art Museum and internationally for The Brick Lane Gallery in London. As an educator, she has taught studio and art history courses throughout her home state of Rhode Island, including RISD|CE and Johnson & Wales University. With formal training in studio art, art history and expressive therapies, Rachel holds a Master's Degree in Art Education from Boston University. Rachel will be a featured artist in an upcoming publication Curatorial Volume 1, Leaders in Contemporary Art, expected to be released July 23rd 2019.