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Anna Scheleit, Artist

Anna Scheleit's public art piece “The State Hospital: In Memoriam” promoted civic dialogue about the mental health system in America through Habeas Corpus, a one time site-specific sound installation of J.S. Bach's Magnificat, making the abandoned building “sing in memory of the thousands of individuals whose lives were affected by the institution.”

As part of the development of the piece, Scheleit held the symposium Beyond Asylum: Transforming Mental Health Care, where people in leadership roles throughout the mental health profession had an opportunity to talk about the experience and evolution of mental health institutions. On the day of the event, participants were invited to State Hospital Testimony: A Moment Of Oral History, a two-hour open forum where former patients and employees told of their experiences at the Northampton State Hospital.

Resource Link: www.1856.org

Also check out www.anna-schuleit.com.

Anna Scheleit



381-383 Broadway, 3rd Floor

New York



In partnership with the Animating Democracy Initiative of Americans for the Arts (www.americansforthearts.org/animatingdemocracy/), NCDD's Leah Lamb researched arts-based civic dialogue programs in order to help dialogue & deliberation practitioners strengthen their work by linking it to the arts. NCDD hopes these resources will inspire you, and encourages you to connect with the artists, many of whom are interested in working with D&D practitioners.

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