The Art Of Recovery Story
The Art of Recovery Exhibit began in September of 2014. It was the brainchild of two addicts, one with a year of clean time and the other with 2 years. One, a photographer who had not used his tools in months, the other a seasoned artist. They sought a way to combine their talents as a means of using art to supplement and fuel their ongoing recovery processes. Held at the Within Bookstore and Cafe located in Lake Worth Florida, this project allowed people to explore aspects of their lives through artistic mediums they may not have been able to convey with words alone.
Today, the Art of Recovery consists of an art show and film festival that is sobriety and recovery centered. It continues to resonate with a large demographic of our nation and inspires hope in the lives of so many struggling with addiction issues..
Manny Mendez received his school of hard knocks diploma in some of the hardest correctional institutes since he was a youth. After gaining his physical freedom he began a long journey to free his mind from the prison of addiction. Throughout all of this, his comfort came in the form of creating art. His work has been featured in many exhibits and recovery centers throughout the nation. Featured in several films through his national organization Foreel, Manny is a true inspiration.
Vic James has been residing in Florida for 3 years. A documentary subject in the film, The Art Of Recovery, Vic uses his photography and prints to shape how people view and conceptualize recovery
Through his company NYCEFLix film director Richard Jackson has had his films featured in several national and local film festivals.
Milicent is a person in long term recovery as of April 4, 2003. She has been a substance use and prevention professional since 2004. Her passion for helping people have the life of their dreams goes beyond her work as a Counselor, Prevention Specialist, and Program Director. A number of years ago, she was invited into a study in organizational development. During this three year study, she was given tools and coaching in continually improving the quality of services provided through effective leadership and communication.
Millicent Huser graduated from Maryville University, St Louis, MO with a Dual Bachelor in Psychology and Sociology. She has spent many years working in substance abuse treatment with five years of supervising programs. She is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, with additional certifications in Co-Occurring Disorders, Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program Qualified Professional and Medication Assisted Treatments
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