FHR shares AHA! moment with the New Bedford community

Published 05/11/2012
The FHR New Bedford Choir, made up of staff and persons served, made their debut at AHA! Night.

Studio 35 artists and musicians hosted a cultural event at Gallery X in New Bedford

New Bedford, MA – May 11, 2012 – Music, art, and camaraderie were just a few of the aspects of Studio 35 that individuals shared at Fellowship Health Resources, Inc. (FHR)’s Art, History, and Architecture (AHA!) Night. This cultural, community event in the Frederick Douglass Gallery at Gallery X provided a platform for artists and musicians to share their talents as part of Studio 35.

“Studio 35 is FHR’s creative recovery program,” says FHR President/CEO Joe Dziobek. “It allows persons served to express themselves and to identify as an artist. The conversation switches from being about mental illness to being about the arts. This event in New Bedford was a phenomenal way for participants to share their creative talents.”

Musical performances included FHR Clinician Dave Richardson, Addiction Specialist Richard Savino, Director of Peer Recovery Services Bob Rousseau, and Studio 35 Artistic Leader Lisa Jason. “In addition to all of these great performances, the FHR New Bedford Choir debuted,” says Dziobek. “This choir is made up of staff and persons served, and they sang very powerful, contemporary songs. They are a perfect example of what Studio 35 is all about.”

Audience members sang along with Artistic Leader Lisa Jason during her performance. “Making connections with people through words and music is the best part of a performance,” explains Jason. “That’s when my heart fills up, and it’s beautiful.”

“We couldn’t be happier with tonight’s event,” says New Bedford Regional Director Kim Mello. “A lot of people walking by were stopping in to see what was going on. The musicians really helped set the mood for the night.”

A total of 13 pieces of art were sold at AHA! Night. The work will continue to be on display until Wednesday, May 16. All proceeds benefit the Studio 35 artists directly.

“The community support has been great,” Mello says. “New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell stopped by and was really impressed with what we were doing.” This program was supported in part by a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local division of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information about Studio 35 in New Bedford, please contact Kim Mello at 508-994-2511.

Watch the AHA! Night video here.