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June 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 8:00am, repeating until 06/30/2018

In the face of a rising opioid epidemic and other mental health and substance use challenges—where those who hurt feel all too alone—how do we as a community find healing and hope? Join us in a week-long series of exhibitions and free events throughout Harford County using the arts and our voices to share stories and seek answers in community conversation. Each free and public event invites your participation, and includes treatment resource information on paths to wellness, traditional and otherwise. See below for times and locations for events throughout the week.


Wednesday, June 27, 5:30-7:30pm

An opening reception kicking off the week of activities (5:30-6:00pm), followed by a screening of Elisif’s Story (6:00-6:30pm), a video by Peter Bruun about the life and passing of his daughter from a heroin overdose, followed by a community conversation (6:30-7:30pm) with those affected by and working on the opioid epidemic, including Dr. Greg Hobelmann, Chief Medical Officer of Ashley Addiction Treatment.

Havre de Grace Library, 120 N. Union Avenue, Havre de Grace, MD 21078


Art by Elisif Bruun, the subject of the video Elisif’s Story, whose work in this exhibition as curated by her father, Peter Bruun, conveys not only her tragically short artistic career, but also traces her hard journey through trauma, mental illness, and addiction.

Havre de Grace Library, 120 N. Union Avenue, Havre de Grace, MD 21078

Hours: Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat 10am-5pm


Friday, June 29, 5:00-8:30pm

An exploration of various healing paths available to us, conventional and otherwise. The event opens with a healing fair and opportunity to experience and learn about wellness resources (5:00-6:30pm), followed by Medicine to Heal the Heart presented by Maria Broom, nationally known actress, dancer, author, and storyteller (6:30-7:30pm), and concludes with hands-on opportunities to sample such practices as yoga and therapeutic art activities.

Bel Air Armory, 37 N. Main Street, Bel Air, MD 21014


An exhibition of collage works by Sharon Strouse, a board-certified and licensed art therapist, author of Artful Grief, nationally known speaker, and survivor of her own daughter’s suicide in 2001. The 16 works on display chronicle her own grief recovery story, and offer insight on art therapy as a powerful path to healing.

Julie Ellyn Designs, 18 S. Main St., Bel Air, MD 21014

Hours: Tues Noon-5pm, Wed & Thu 11am-5pm, Fri & Sat 10am-6pm


Saturday, June 30, 2:00-5:00pm

Driven by the belief that pain shared is pain lessened, this event flips pain on its head, and offers an upbeat, joyous occasion to know and feel our connections with one another, and hold on to hope. Coming together with music, art, and our stories of pain and redemption around the opioid epidemic and other mental health and substance use challenges and triumphs, this event includes, resource tables, and a diverse and uplifting program of sharing, with audience members invited to take part. Featured performers include spoken word artist Kondwani Fidel, poet Ann Bracken, singer Simone A. Speed, and others.

Word of Faith Outreach, 1301 Loflin Road, Aberdeen, MD 21001


An exhibition of drawings by Peter Bruun inspired by and about actual love letters by and to those affected by mental illness and addiction. Taking place at multiple Harford County Public Library locations, the number of drawings on view will equal the number of overdose deaths in Harford County in 2018 to-date, paying homage to those lost and the love and pain of it all.

Aberdeen Library, 21 Franklin Street, Aberdeen, MD 21001

Abingdon Library, 2510 Tollgate Road, Abingdon, MD 21009

Bel Air Library, 100 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Bel Air, MD 21014

Hours: Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat 10am-5pm

Hurting, Healing, Feeling is sponsored by Harford County Cultural Arts Board and presented

by the New Day Campaign. As the government-appointed local arts agency, Harford County Cultural Arts Board is the

premier resource for arts, cultural, and historical organizations, individual artists, and the residents of Harford County, Maryland. For more information, contact Harford County Cultural Arts Board at 410 273 5601 ext.6509 or visit CulturalArtsBoard.org. Hurting, Healing, Feeling is part of the New Day Campaign’s Dusk & Dawn 2018-2019 series of

programs taking place across Maryland, awakening hope and healing amidst the opioid epidemic and the many other behavioral health challenges before us. The series is made possible in part by support from the New Day Campaign’s partner/sponsors: Ashley Addiction Treatment, Kent County Arts Council, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Mariah’s Mission, Maryland Addiction Resource Center, Maryland Coalition of Families, Maryland State Arts Council, Mental Health Association of Maryland, NAMI-Maryland, On Our Own of Maryland, and Powell Recovery Center. The New Day Campaign is an initiative operating under the auspices of Bruun Studios, LLC, with the mission of using arts programming and public engagement to challenge stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and substance use, making the world a more healing place.



June 26
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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