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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-251-8311, or Wendy Jankowski at WJankowski@paconnectingcommunities.org,
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