The New Day Campaign’s 2015 events educated the public, support advocacy, offered healing experiences, and facilitated people-to-people connecting. The 63 events created fertile ground for authentic healing at an individual and community level by encouraging participants to grow beyond old ideas. The emotional environment of events was non-judgmental, safe and accepting, and respectful of diverse experiences and outlooks; this continues to be the core spirit of the New Day Campaign experience.


<em>People & Places: a Primer</em> Opening Reception & New Day Campaign Kick-Off

People & Places: a Primer Opening Reception & New Day Campaign Kick-Off

Eubie Blake Cultural Center
October 1, 2015, 5:00 - 8:00pm

Celebrate the kick-off of the New Day Campaign and the opening of its inaugural exhibition. People & Places: A Primer features artists’ portrayals of 22 diverse individuals who have moved through the behavioral health ecosystem in some way,…

<em>Forsaken Angels</em> Performance & Community Dialogue

Forsaken Angels Performance & Community Dialogue

Single Carrot Theatre
October 5, 2015, 7:00 - 9:30pm

A performance of a play by Bill Leary uncovering the human side of those who have fallen prey to sex trafficking. A discussion with Bill Leary and Denene Yates, Founder and Executive Director of Safe House of Hope, follows the performance. Special…

Many Pathways: Alcoholism

Many Pathways: Alcoholism

Eubie Blake Cultural Center
October 6, 2015, 5:30 - 7:30pm

The Many Pathways Series includes performance, personal sharing, conversation, and information on the many pathways to healing that are available to us. Many Pathways: Alcoholism starts with a 5:30pm reception and art exhibition viewing followed at…

<em>First the Pain I</em> Opening Reception

First the Pain I Opening Reception

Rosenberg Gallery, MICA
October 7, 2015, 5:00 - 7:00pm

Opening reception for First the Pain I, an exhibition co-curated by Peter Bruun and Alyse Ruriani, featuring art by Kaitlin Beebe, Ben Cricchi, Amanda Davies, Michelle Labonte, Bess Lumsden, Alexa Rich, Alyse Ruriani, Garrett Seidman, Emma Jo…

<em>The Anonymous People</em> Film Screening & Dialogue

The Anonymous People Film Screening & Dialogue

Peterson Hall, McDaniel College
October 8, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Directed by Greg D. Williams, the 2013 feature documentary film The Anonymous People sheds light on the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. The screening will be followed by a public…

<em>Touched with Fire: Behind the Curtain</em> Opening Reception

Touched with Fire: Behind the Curtain Opening Reception

Art Gallery, Arts & Humanities Hall, CCBC Essex
October 9, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Opening reception for Touched with Fire: Behind the Curtain, an exhibition featuring uplifting and life-affirming art alongside words and journal entries which reveal a harrowing darkness: how to reconcile these two internal forces? Exhibiting…

Big Share

Big Share

Falvey Hall, MICA’s Brown Center
October 10, 2015, 2:00 - 6:00pm

A half-day event featuring keynote speaker Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner, starting us off with comments on the topic at hand: creating resources and safety for young people, and addressing the opiate overdose epidemic. The first…

Many Pathways: Mental Illness

Many Pathways: Mental Illness

Eubie Blake Cultural Center
October 13, 2015, 5:30 - 7:30pm

The Many Pathways Series includes performance, personal sharing, conversation, and information on the many pathways to healing that are available to us. Many Pathways: Mental Illness begins with a 5:30pm reception and art exhibition viewing followed…

<em>Art & the Receptive Mind</em> Opening Reception & Mindfulness Experience

Art & the Receptive Mind Opening Reception & Mindfulness Experience

BlueGreen Acupuncture & Bodywork
October 15, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Opening reception for Art & the Receptive Mind, an exhibition featuring the work of Yumi Hogan, whose work intentionally “has no focal point, no beginning, no end.” The event is part of the Healing Experiences Series and includes a guided…

<em>Healing Neen</em> Film Screening & Dialogue

Healing Neen Film Screening & Dialogue

McDaniel College, Decker Auditorium, Lewis Hall of Science
October 15, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Directed by Laura Cain, the documentary film Healing Neen (2010) presents the life of Neen, who overcame trauma, addiction, homelessness, and incarceration to become an inspiring activist and speaker for justice for others. A panel discussion will…

<em>Crazy Art</em> Film Screening & Dialogue

Crazy Art Film Screening & Dialogue

Arts & Humanities Hall, Recital Hall, CCBC Essex
October 17, 2015, 5:00 - 7:00pm

Part of the New Day Campaign 2015 Film Series, and shown in conjunction with Touched with Fire: Behind the Curtain at CCBC Essex, Crazy Art (2009) is a compelling, revealing examination of the therapeutic relationship between art and mental illness.…

Many Pathways: Addiction

Many Pathways: Addiction

Eubie Blake Cultural Center
October 20, 2015, 5:30 - 7:30pm

The Many Pathways Series includes performance, personal sharing, conversation, and information on the many pathways to healing that are available to us. Many Pathways: Addiction begins with a 5:30 reception and art exhibition viewing followed at…

Forum: Open Hearts & Active Minds

Forum: Open Hearts & Active Minds

The Pavilion, Stevenson University
October 21, 2015, 5:00 - 7:00pm

College communities are under-resourced to handle the onset of active addiction or mental illness among their student populations. This forum, at Stevenson University in conjunction with Elisif’s Story, is an opportunity to bring awareness of all…

<em>Elisif’s Story</em> Opening Reception & New Day Campaign Dedication

Elisif’s Story Opening Reception & New Day Campaign Dedication

Art Gallery, Stevenson University
October 22, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Opening reception of Elisif’s Story, an art installation by Peter Bruun about his daughter, Elisif Janis Bruun, the inspiration and guiding spirit of the New Day Campaign, who died of a heroin overdose at age 24 on February 11, 2014. The evening…

<em>Touched with Fire: A Family Tale</em> Opening Reception & Gallery Talk

Touched with Fire: A Family Tale Opening Reception & Gallery Talk

Art Gallery, College Community Center, CCBC Dundalk
October 23, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Opening reception for Touched with Fire: A Family Tale, an exhibition featuring eerily related art by three generations of the same family (Mogens Christiansen, Peter Bruun, and Elisif Bruun), two members of which were significantly affected in…

Kevin Shird: From Drug Wars to Redemption – A Community Conversation

Kevin Shird: From Drug Wars to Redemption – A Community Conversation

Enoch Pratt Free Library, Pennsylvania Avenue Branch
October 24, 2015, 2:00 - 3:00pm

Part 1 of a five-part Mental Illness and Addiction Conversation Series in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library, this event features activist, non-profit leader, and former drug dealer Kevin Shird reflecting on the powerful story from his…

<em>No Doubt: Mental Health Challenges and Love</em> Opening Reception

No Doubt: Mental Health Challenges and Love Opening Reception

Cary Beth Cryor Gallery, Coppin State University
October 25, 2015, 4:00 - 6:00pm

A celebration of art and of the programs the exhibiting artists are affiliated with. The reception features sharing from those who are part of Mosaic Community Services, Make Studio, On Our Own Baltimore and Coppin State University.

Many Pathways: Family Support

Many Pathways: Family Support

Eubie Blake Cultural Center
October 27, 2015, 5:30 - 7:30pm

The Many Pathways Series includes performance, personal sharing, conversation, and information on the many pathways to healing that are available to families affected by mental illness and addiction. The Many Pathways: Family Support event kicks off…

Talking Touched with Fire I

Talking Touched with Fire I

Arts & Humanities Hall, Recital Hall, CCBC Essex
October 28, 2015, 1:00 - 2:30pm

In the first of a three-part 2015 Talking Touched with Fire Series, creative people come together to share their reflections on the relationship between mental illness, addiction, and creativity. The event opens with a mindfulness experience led by…

<em>Art. Therapy.</em> Opening Reception & Conversation

Art. Therapy. Opening Reception & Conversation

The Institute for Integrative Health
October 29, 2015, 5:00 - 8:00pm

Opening reception for Art. Therapy., an exhibition curated by Isa Gonzalez and Peggy Kolodny, uncovering art therapy’s relevance to both strong art and strong therapy, and including examples of other health-focused art activities. The event is…

<em>Crazy Art</em> Film Screening & Dialogue

Crazy Art Film Screening & Dialogue

Peterson Hall, McDaniel College
October 29, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Directed by Justin Thomas Rowe, Crazy Art (2009) presents a compelling, revealing examination of the therapeutic relationship between art and mental illness. Following the screening, Dr. Pamela Zappardino, McDaniel College Graduate Studies Adjunct…

<em>Dark Side of the Full Moon</em> Film Screening & Dialogue

Dark Side of the Full Moon Film Screening & Dialogue

Roy N. Staten Building, Room 102, CCBC Dundalk
October 29, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Part of the New Day Campaign 2015 Film Series, and shown in conjunction with the exhibition Touched with Fire: A Family Tale at CCBC Dundalk, Dark Side of the Full Moon (2014) delves into the unseen world of maternal mental health, uncovering the…

Achieving Equity at School and in Health Care – A Community Conversation

Achieving Equity at School and in Health Care – A Community Conversation

Enoch Pratt Free Library, Southeast Anchor Branch
November 2, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Part 2 of a five-part Mental Illness and Addiction Conversation Series in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library, this community conversation brings together Adrienne Ellis, Director Healthcare Reform and Community Engagement of the Mental…

No Doubt—or Doubt? An Interdisciplinary Discussion

No Doubt—or Doubt? An Interdisciplinary Discussion

Cary Beth Cryor Gallery, Coppin State University
November 3, 2015, 4:00 - 6:00pm

  Is love the healing ground upon which we all stand, or is there doubt when challenged by mental illness? Coppin State University students and their professors discuss the theme from the perspective of their chosen discipline.

Experiencing Expressive Arts Therapies

Experiencing Expressive Arts Therapies

The Institute for Integrative Health
November 4, 2015, 5:30 - 8:00pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Art. Therapy. and part of the Healing Experiences Series, this event offers information and experiences for better understanding the spectrum of expressive arts therapies that include art, movement, music, and…

Opiate Addiction: Best Practices & Better Treatment

Opiate Addiction: Best Practices & Better Treatment

Business Center Auditorium, University of Baltimore
November 4, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Part 3 of a five-part 2015 Mental Illness and Addiction Conversation Series in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library, this event features those practiced in the art of opiate addiction recovery, and those who have been subject to different…

<em>Touched with Fire: Jeffrey & Michelle</em> Opening Reception

Touched with Fire: Jeffrey & Michelle Opening Reception

GALLERY CA
November 6, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00pm

Opening reception for Touched with Fire: Jeffrey & Michelle, an exhibition featuring art by Jeffrey Kent, who explores his path from crack addiction to art making, and Michelle Labonte, whose autobiographical work delves into her mental illness…

<em>What Love Looks Like: Sisters</em> Opening Reception

What Love Looks Like: Sisters Opening Reception

New Beginnings Barbershop & Gallery
November 7, 2015, 5:00 - 7:00pm

Opening reception for What Love Looks Like: Sisters, an exhibition portraying a relationship between sisters touched by mental illness, addiction, death, and love. Cheryl Maxwell, Founding Executive Director of the Carolyn Anne Foundation and sister…

2015 Book Club Series: <em>Needs</em> by Clarence Brown

2015 Book Club Series: Needs by Clarence Brown

GALLERY CA
November 9, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30pm

One of a four-part 2015 Book Club Series, Clarence Brown in conversation about his debut novella, Needs, a detective mystery and love story set within Baltimore's drug world and street life. The conversation is hosted by Clarinda Harriss, whose…

Play: <em>Zooman and the Sign</em> Reimagined

Play: Zooman and the Sign Reimagined

Cary Beth Cryor Gallery, Coppin State University
November 11, 2015, 5:00 - 6:30pm

Zooman and the Sign, performed at Coppin State University from November 20-23, shares the tale of a bereaved father who, after the killing of his 12-year-old daughter, posts a sign accusing the entire community of cowardice in the face of…

Quad Stories: Getting to Good

Quad Stories: Getting to Good

The Pavilion, Stevenson University
November 11, 2015, 5:00 - 7:00pm

In a format familiar to Baltimore audiences and in conjunction with the exhibition Elisif’s Story, seven 7-minute stories of college life experiences associated with mental illness and addiction. Storytellers are Shawn Burnett, Taylor Evans, Ashby…

Managing Stress through the Healing Arts: Tools for Self-Care

Managing Stress through the Healing Arts: Tools for Self-Care

The Institute for Integrative Health
November 11, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm

This free experiential workshop presented by the Institute for Integrative Health will offer practical techniques to help participants relieve stress, increase self-awareness, and enhance mental resilience in daily life, outside a clinical setting.…

Intergenerational Trauma: What It Is, Why It Is, and What Is Being Done To End It

Intergenerational Trauma: What It Is, Why It Is, and What Is Being Done To End It

John E. Ravekes Theatre, College Community Center, CCBC Dundalk
November 13, 2015, 1:00 - 5:00pm

Poverty. Genetics. Family dynamics. Environment. These and other factors contribute to an array of traumas passed down from one generation to the next. Come explore and experience with us what intergenerational trauma is, why it occurs, and how…

Safe Love

Safe Love

MICA PLACE
November 14, 2015, 11:00 - 1:00pm

Artist Tiffany Jones, funded in part by a 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Mini Grant, leads an art/healing project inviting community members to create Safe Love “shawls” dedicated to their own recovery or to loved ones affected by mental…

<em>What Love Looks Like</em> Opening Reception & Community Share

What Love Looks Like Opening Reception & Community Share

MICA PLACE
November 14, 2015, 1:00 - 3:30pm

Opening reception for What Love Looks Like, an exhibition about revelations on love when challenged by mental illness, addiction, and recovery from life issues: examples of compassion in a world of judgment, blame, and dismissal. The event includes…

<em>First the Pain II</em> Opening Reception & <em>Intrepid I</em> Performance

First the Pain II Opening Reception & Intrepid I Performance

Area 405
November 14, 2015, 4:00 - 6:00pm

Opening reception for First the Pain II, an exhibition featuring works about journeying through pain. The opening reception is part of the Healing Experiences Series and includes a performance of Intrepid I by the New Day Campaign’s resident…

Treatment Not Jail: What Makes It Right – A Community Conversation

Treatment Not Jail: What Makes It Right – A Community Conversation

Enoch Pratt Free Library, Southeast Anchor Branch
November 16, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Part 4 of a five-part 2015 Mental Illness and Addiction Conversation Series in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library, this community conversation brings together community members and professionals who work at the intersection of criminal…

<em>Touched with Fire: Kristin & Elisif</em> Opening Reception & Gallery Conversation

Touched with Fire: Kristin & Elisif Opening Reception & Gallery Conversation

Tuttle Gallery, St. John Building, McDonogh School
November 17, 2015, 5:30 - 7:00pm

Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by two artists who died young, Kristin Rita Strouse and Elisif Janis Bruun, whose journeys through creativity illuminate and obscure their passages through mental illness and addiction.…

Talk About It: Faith-Based Communities

Talk About It: Faith-Based Communities

New Beginnings Barbershop & Gallery
November 17, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Faith-based communities are ripe settings not only for breaking silence around mental illness and addiction, but also for undoing stigma associated with traumatic experience or sexual victimization. At this community dialogue, we explore such topics…

Reading, Writing, and Healing

Reading, Writing, and Healing

The Institute for Integrative Health
November 19, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Art. Therapy., writers Ann Bracken, Fred Foote, and Alonzo LaMont share from their own work and reflect with the audience on the healing aspects of reading and writing.

Listen In with ellen cherry: COMBAT

Listen In with ellen cherry: COMBAT

Area 405
November 21, 2015, 6:00 - 9:30pm

Presented and recorded before a live audience, song-and-story-alchemist ellen cherry brings her webcast “Listen in with ellen cherry” into new territory, exploring the topics of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and healing through music,…

Michelle Labonte: Finding My Voice

Michelle Labonte: Finding My Voice

GALLERY CA
November 22, 2015, 6:00 - 7:30pm

The second in a three-part 2015 Talking Touched with Fire Series, a conversation with Michelle Labonte, who found her artistic voice after a severe mental breakdown in 2011, creating powerful narrative work about her illness, treatment, and…

Talking Touched with Fire II

Talking Touched with Fire II

GALLERY CA
November 30, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30pm

The third in a three-part 2015 Talking Touched with Fire Series, in which creative people come together to share their reflections on the relationship between mental illness, addiction, and creativity.

Talk About It: Schools

Talk About It: Schools

New Beginnings Barbershop & Gallery
December 1, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm

When risk is high for mental illness and addiction, interventions must be designed to meet the needs of children in school. How do we recognize a child’s mental health symptoms, and what do we do? What must happen to bring effective means of…

2015 Book Club Series: <em>The Altar of Innocence</em> by Ann Bracken

2015 Book Club Series: The Altar of Innocence by Ann Bracken

BlueGreen Acupuncture & Bodywork
December 1, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30pm

One of a four-part 2015 Book Club Series and in conjunction with the exhibition Art & the Receptive Mind, author Ann Bracken discusses The Altar of Innocence, a personal glimpse into a secret world of alcoholism and depression so many still…

<em>Written Off: The Short Sad Beautiful Life of Matt Edwards</em> Film Clips & Dialogue

Written Off: The Short Sad Beautiful Life of Matt Edwards Film Clips & Dialogue

Inscape Theatre, Stevenson University
December 1, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Part of the New Day Campaign 2015 Film Series, and shown as a selection of clips in conjunction with Elisif's Story at Stevenson Gallery, Written Off: The Short Sad Beautiful Life of Matt Edwards presents a compassionate look at the life and death…

What Every School Needs to Know

What Every School Needs to Know

Klein Lyceum, McDonogh School
December 2, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Touched with Fire: Kristin & Elisif, parents Sharon Strouse and Peter Bruun share insights from their own hard-earned wisdom from the loss of their daughters for school communities that can make them safer,…

<em>Love Is a Wild Horse</em> Opening Reception & Gallery Conversation

Love Is a Wild Horse Opening Reception & Gallery Conversation

Gallery 788
December 3, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Opening reception for Love Is a Wild Horse, an exhibition curated by Kathleen Hamill about love when challenged by mental illness and addiction: examples of compassion in a world of judgment, blame, and dismissal. Gallery conversation begins at…

Mental Illness, Addiction, and Choice: An Exploration

Mental Illness, Addiction, and Choice: An Exploration

Inscape Theatre, Stevenson University
December 5, 2015, 1:00 - 5:30pm

An array of experts, testimonials, readings, performances, and community discussions on how much control one really has over one's own choices when mental illness and addiction are in play. With its convergence of artists across multiple mediums,…

Listen In with ellen cherry: WAR ZONE

Listen In with ellen cherry: WAR ZONE

Area 405
December 5, 2015, 6:00 - 9:30pm

Presented and recorded before a live audience, song-and-story- alchemist ellen cherry brings her webcast “Listen in with ellen cherry” into new territory, exploring the topic of intergenerational trauma in the city of Baltimore through music and…

<em>Intrepid II</em> Performance

Intrepid II Performance

Area 405
December 6, 2015, 5:00 - 7:00pm

In conjunction with the exhibition First the Pain II, New Day Campaign’s resident healing artist, Phylicia Ghee, performs and presents others in performing Intrepid, a full-body drawing and healing experience about letting go and letting in. This…

2015 Book Club Series: <em>Why Am I Telling You This?</em> by Brad Sachs

2015 Book Club Series: Why Am I Telling You This? by Brad Sachs

Gallery 788
December 7, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30pm

In one of a four-part 2015 Book Club Series, psychologist, speaker, educator, and best-selling author Dr. Brad Sachs discusses with readers his forthcoming collection of poems, Why Am I Telling You This? The first 10 people to register will receive…

<em>The Hungry Heart</em> Screening & Community Dialogue

The Hungry Heart Screening & Community Dialogue

Blaustein Lecture Hall, The Park School of Baltimore
December 8, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00pm

The Hungry Heart (2014) provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the world of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes who works with patients struggling with this disease. In addition, the film interviews a…

Loving Thy Neighbor: Systemic Change & Kindness

Loving Thy Neighbor: Systemic Change & Kindness

Business Center Auditorium, University of Baltimore
December 9, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00pm

The final event in a five-part Mental Illness and Addiction Conversation Series in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library, in which community-builders explore how greater kindness and systemic change can help our neighborhoods become more…

<em>Here One Day</em> Screening & Dialogue

Here One Day Screening & Dialogue

Gallery 788
December 10, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Here One Day is a visually arresting, emotionally candid documentary film about a woman coping with mental illness, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved, including her daughter, the film’s…

Loving the Village Bully

Loving the Village Bully

Gallery 788
December 13, 2015, 3:00 - 5:00pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Love Is a Wild Horse and inspired by the children’s book The Village Bully by Baltimore actress, dancer and storyteller Maria Broom, a vision of compassion as an alternative to punishment. This event features…

Talk About It: Young People

Talk About It: Young People

New Beginnings Barbershop & Gallery
December 15, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm

In a culture where the notion of “blackness” equaling inferiority is still far too prevalent, an entire generation of young people is at risk of not achieving the self-actualization essential to ongoing mental health. How do we engage young…

Artist Conversation & New Day Campaign Closing Party

Artist Conversation & New Day Campaign Closing Party

Gallery 788
December 17, 2015, 6:00 - 10:00pm

A reception and viewing of Love Is a Wild Horse, followed at 7:00pm by a conversation with exhibiting artists, followed at 8:00pm with a closing party for the New Day Campaign. Catering provided by Christine Horensky.  

New Day Campaign Founders' Circle

The Founders' Circle was the 2016-2017 fundraising campaign to secure the future of the New Day Campaign. Thank you to the individuals, organizations, institutions, and foundations who donated to help us make the New Day Campaign an ongoing reality.