FHR and The Reminders partner to raise mental health awareness

Published 08/17/2013

FHR’s Studio 35 program hosts benefit concert at East Gate Christian Academy

Fall River, MA – August 16, 2013 – The captivating voices of Grammy Award-winning band, The Reminders, echoed through the East Gate Christian Academy auditorium as members of the Fall River community joined Fellowship Health Resources (FHR) in celebrating the arts as a powerful tool in recovery.

The benefit concert, hosted by FHR’s Fall River, New Bedford, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, regions, was held to raise awareness in support of Studio 35, FHR’s healing arts program. Through this program, artists recovering from mental illness and addiction disorders are given the opportunity to explore a wide variety of the arts, including visual art, music, horticulture, dance, comedy, and writing.

Art created by individuals served by FHR in Massachusetts hung prominently across the auditorium walls and was displayed at every table, with descriptions of each artist and what inspires them to be creative.

“Tonight’s concert is all about coming together to embrace creativity,” explains FHR Director of Special Projects Joe Dziobek. “Studio 35 is a way for people to express themselves without having to talk, which can be difficult to do. For many people here, having art as an outlet has been life changing.”

Kevin Short, Bass/Vocals for The Reminders, began working with FHR when he learned how the organization incorporated music into treatment plans. Since then, Short has invited members of FHR’s youth program to Mid-South Audio, his recording studio in Delaware, so that individuals served could have a platform to express themselves through writing lyrics and recording music.

“We usually get comments at a show, but this was at an entirely different level,” says Short. “The opportunity to be involved in an event that really touches people in a special way is an honor to be a part of, and I know the band is happy to be a part of it too.” 

The Franken-Stars, made up of Townhouse Director Frank Pace and FHR clubhouse members, also performed at the concert, entertaining the crowd with a classic rock set. Pace shared that he has witnessed firsthand the positive impact that the arts have had on individuals served by the organization. “Just this week, a new member came to our program and started playing music. This was able to help him in his transition, and with expressing himself,” he adds.

“Bringing FHR staff and individuals served across the state of Massachusetts together to celebrate recovery is what we strive for as an organization,” FHR President & CEO Debra Paul explains. “All of the art hung across the walls and shared through music tonight empowers all of us at FHR to continue to do what we do every day.”

To learn more about Studio 35 programs and community initiatives, please contact Studio 35 Artistic Leader Caroline Gates at (401) 642-4431.