Art In The Process Of Healing After Addiction
We turn now to the artist Peter Bruun. His latest work emerged after a terrible tragedy in his family, when their 24 year-old daughter, Elisif, died of a heroin overdose in February, 2014. Peter has developed a project called The New Day Campaign, which uses art to address the stigma surrounding addiction.
The campaign began in October; it includes 15 art exhibitions and 60 public events, several of which are happening over the next few days. One of the exhibitions is at Stevenson University. It’s a multi-pronged installation by Peter Bruun that includes visual art, sound, and light, entitled Elisif’s Story. Dr. Robert Brooner is the Director of Addiction Treatment Services at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Professor of Medical Psychology and Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
The New Day Campaign includes events in 8 different series related to the subject of addiction. For example, tonight at 7:00 Peter Bruun and Sharon Strouse, another parent who has lost a child to addiction, will speak at the McDonough School in Baltimore County. And on Saturday, Peter, Dr. Brooner and several others will be part of an event called Mental Illness, Addiction and Choice: An Exploration. It will be held at Stevenson University from 1:00-5:30, Saturday afternoon. There are many more related events scheduled throughout the rest of this month.