Debuting in 1979, the Director’s Creativity Showcase has become a favorite with consumers, their families, and staff. The annual art contest includes many illustrative arts, crafts and photography, and displays the talents of individuals living with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders.
The art contest is an opportunity for individuals served by the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) to display their creative talents. The artwork is created not only for the Showcase, but is sometimes used as a means of therapy. This therapy provides an outlet for the artist to express his or her feelings – feelings they may not be able to verbally communicate. The Showcase has encouraged many individuals to try something they may have previously never considered possible, only to find they have a true creative talent.
Entries are limited to one (1) per person, although an individual may help with a group project and still enter an individual project. All artwork, including paintings, sketches, crafts, sculptures, needlework, clay designs, and other creative art projects, are judged in one of the following categories: Mental Illness, Developmental Disabilities and Addiction Disorders. Cash awards are provided for 1st through 5th place in each of these categories. In addition, a category titled “Professional” is included with a Best of Show awarded. A new category, “Photography”, was added in 2016 where 1st through 3rd place cash awards are provided. Opportunities are also available for the artist to sell their artwork at two events.
The Missouri Mental Health Foundation, in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Mental Health, are pleased to announce the award winners for the 2016 Director’s Creativity Showcase.
CLICK HERE for the list of award winners, and their associated provider organization.
CLICK HERE to view the winning artwork.
Some of the submissions will be selected for our annual Traveling Showcase, which is an opportunity for the general public to view the art display. The artwork is exhibited at multiple venues across Missouri between August and December. The Showcase helps to acquaint the general public with the talents and abilities of individuals living with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, or substance use disorders.
For more information about the annual Director’s Creativity Showcase, please contact the Missouri Mental Health Foundation at (573) 635-9201 or MMHF@MissouriMHF.org.