You may remember reading a couple of years ago Andy Steiner’s thoughtful piece about John Bauer’s compassionate and courageous Kickstarter campaign. (https://www.minnpost.com/mental-health-addiction/2015/04/grieving-father-hopes-upcoming-art-exhibit-will-inspire-conversation) It was the story of John Bauer, a Grand Rapids father on a mission to help others by sharing his own grief caused by his adult daughter’s suicide.
A photographer and public radio host, Bauer’s chose the medium of art. With community support he created a traveling art exhibit. The exhibit, which he named “What’s Left”, inspired visual artists, poets, sculptors and others to share their work. Their common goal was to create an environment that would inspire and encourage people to talk about mental illness and suicide, to “see the person, not the illness. “
“Whats Left” is now making a return visit to the Twin Cities. Community Grounds coffee shop in Columbia Heights is sponsoring the exhibit as a community outreach project to encourage neighbors to think and talk about suicide and mental health in their own circles. Throughout the month of July they are invited to meet, discuss, and share support resources that will be on display. On the evening of July 20 there will be a community program and discussion.
Community Grounds is located at 560 40th Ave NE in Columbia Heights. https://www.facebook.com/pg/CommunityGroundsMN/about/?ref=page_internal