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Mental Health Awareness Month at CAM: Four Activities to Explore

by Cole Rodgers, Project Manager


Mental Health Awareness , Art on the Rise , Meditate with Art , Mind/Body/Art , events

In 1949 Mental Health America named May “Mental Health Awareness Month” bringing awareness to and destigmatization of the mental health challenges faced by millions of Americans.

Throughout the year—including May—the Cincinnati Art Museum is committed to providing visitors access to programs that strive to reduce stress, support healthy habits, and improve overall mental well-being. Check out four such activities available here at the museum—all for free.


People make art on the Art Climb

Art on the Rise

Strengthen community and family relationships during this outdoor event that takes place on CAM’s Art Climb, the sculpture garden staircase connecting Gilbert Avenue to the museum’s campus. Guests can explore the meaningful themes of current exhibitions and participate in art-making activities while enjoying food and music.


Two white women paint


Discover the positive creative outlet art provides with this program specifically designed for adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Experienced art educators lead multisensory tours through the galleries culminating in a related art-making activity. Reservations required.


Visitors look at a massive painting

Meditate with Art

Engage with the museum’s art in new and inspiring ways with the guidance of facilitators from the Buddhist Dharma Center of Cincinnati and Soulshine Warrior. Guests are encouraged to reflect on artworks through focused meditative activities in the galleries.


Two women look up at art on the wall


Explore the intersection of mental health, wellness, and art lead by a Self-Advocate from Project CARE, a program within the YWCA Greater Cincinnati, and a mindfulness expert from The Well. Discuss art and mental health followed by a healing meditation or mind body practice.

Upcoming event dates and details are listed on the CAM Calendar. To find additional support related to mental health, please explore the resources provided by MHA or the non-profit organization 1N5. The Cincinnati Art Museum hopes that you join us for an activity listed above and encourages you to remember that you are not alone.