The Missouri Mental Health Foundation and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) sponsor the annual Director’s Creativity Showcase. The event showcases the talents and abilities of people with mental health challenges.
The Director’s Creativity Showcase gives monetary awards for each of the categories included in the annual guidelines. Please refer to the guidelines for more details.
The showcase helps to acquaint the public with the talents of the people it serves. These are individuals with mental illnesses; developmental disabilities; or addictions to alcohol, other drugs, and gambling. The artwork is created not only for the Showcase, but is sometimes used as a means of therapy. This therapy provides an outlet for the artist to express his or her feelings—feelings they may not be able to verbally communicate. The art show also has encouraged people to try something they may previously have never considered possible, only to find they have a true creative talent.