Art plays a vital role in helping people maintain and improve their mental health.
Aaron Surma is the director for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in Juneau.
He said the pandemic highlighted the need for people to keep up with their creative outlets to lift their spirits.
“It gives you a sense of purpose, you get to express yourself and the arts give you a sense of community if you do them with someone else,” Aaron said.
NAMI Juneau has used the Juneau Arts & Culture Center for events like its annual fundraiser and other classes and workshops.
Aaron said he’s supportive of the proposed Capital Civic Center because the facility would provide a variety of rental spaces for small or large groups. More rental options mean more opportunities for NAMI to serve the community too.
“If you don’t have good mental health it negatively affects you, your family, your entire community.”
How does art help you with your mental health?