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Community Mental Health Anniversary Celebration at Kedren

Mental Health
Kedren Community Mental Health Center
4211 South Avalon Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

Project Description

To commemorate the 50 Year Anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act in November 2013, artist Kim Abeles created a media art wall titled ""Woven Hands (Community Mental Health)"" for temporary display in the lobby of Kedren Community Mental Health Center. The project features video footage of Kedren’s young patients engaging in sandplay therapy, photos that represent key milestones in the development of mental health care in Los Angeles County and 50 year trajectory of the Community Mental Health Act, and imagery documenting Kedren’s history as one of the first nonprofit mental health agencies to receive funding through this landmark legislation. Still photos from the videos are woven together with images of trees and sky. The hands of young patients engaging in sandplay therapy are related to imagery of President John F. Kennedy’s hands signing the Community Mental Health Act 50 years ago. Abeles also created a large scale community sand tray inspired by the sandplay therapy modality used in the mental health field.