Monday, August 27, 2007

New Mural in San Antonio Urges Compassion for Those with Mental Illness

Public art dedication

Web Posted: 08/26/2007 01:10 AM CDT
Melissa Ludwig

San Antonio Express-News

A young father whose internal demons push him away from his daughter. A mother on so much medication she cannot care for her children.

These stories of people struggling with mental illness guided local artist Adriana Garcia's brush as she created "Brighter Days" — a 20-foot-by-70-foot mural on the outer wall of the Westside Mental Health Clinic at 806 S. Zarzamora St.

On Saturday, Garcia and her crew capped five months of grueling labor with a dedication ceremony for the mural, a striking work of public art that stands as a plea for compassion for those battling depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses.

San Anto Cultural Arts, a nonprofit group on the West Side, organized and paid for the effort through its community mural program.

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