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 DHS News September 2013     


“The Flowering of Insight” Blooms Again

“The Flowering of Insight” (FOI) Art Exhibit, featuring works by Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) consumers,  returns to the lower level of the Human Services Building (HSB), One Smithfield St., through Oct. 12. 

Flowering of Insight - Birds   Flowering of Insight - Hands  

Held at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland last year, the exhibit, this year titled “See ME...the person, artist, neighbor…that I am,” got underway on Sept. 5. 

FOI, which first began at the former county Department of MH/MR/D&A/ H&H more than 20 years ago, was assumed in 1997 by the DHS Office of Community Relations which coordinated the popular annual exhibit until 2010. At that time, representatives from three DHS provider agencies assumed responsibility.  Samantha Murphy, Resource Services Manager, and Mary Figlar, Community Liaison Supervisor in the Office of Intellectual Disability, continued to work with these agencies and facilitated the return of the exhibit to One Smithfield this year.

The exhibit is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Free parking is available behind the HSB only after 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and during weekend exhibit hours. Artwork can be purchased only from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 12.

"The Flowering of Insight Art Exhibit presents a wonderful opportunity for persons we serve to feel empowered and to express themselves creatively through art. We’re pleased to have the exhibit return to the Human Services Building," said Jennifer Witt of Pittsburgh's Mercy Health System, one of the exhibit's organizers. Other organizers include Wendy Jankowski, Coordinator at PA Connecting Communities, and Sharonda Cox, Community Living Specialist at Mainstay Life Services.

For more information, contact Jennifer Witt at JWitt@pmhs.org or 412-532-0133, Sharonda Cox at scox@pmhs.org, 412-251-8311, or Wendy Jankowski at WJankowski@paconnectingcommunities.org, 412-417-6223.


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