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May Is Mental Health Month Art Displays

Good news! We’ve extended the deadline.

The “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project is organizing mental health art exhibits around Sacramento County to honor May is Mental Health Month. We are looking for individuals who are living with mental illness, or who support others that may be living with mental illness, to submit artwork that would be featured at several locations in Sacramento and on the Stop Stigma Sacramento website. All art displayed will help to dispel myths and stereotypes about mental illness and promote messages of wellness, hope, and recovery. 

If you or someone close to you is living with mental illness, we hope that you’ll take this opportunity to express your experience visually or digitally.

Art Submission Guidelines:

  • The artist of the piece must be a Sacramento County resident
  • One piece per artist may be submitted
  • All artists must sign the release of liability form 
  • Physical Artwork: 
    • For physical paintings/drawings the piece must be wall mountable artwork that is ready to hang (attached cable or hook) not exceeding 24” x 36”
    • If entrants are interested in selling their artwork during the exhibit, they must include their contact information on the back of the piece so buyers can contact them directly.
  • Digital Artwork: 
    • For digital art (ie. film, song, spoken word, etc.) the piece should not exceed 5 minutes in length, should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and emailed to
  • All entries must be submitted on the art drop-off day, which is Thursday, May 5, 2022, by 5 p.m., along with the completed form. If you are unable to drop your artwork off on April 20th, please email to make special accommodations. Physical entries must be dropped off at or mailed to:
    • Edelman – 921 11th Street, Suite 250 – Sacramento, CA 95814
    • Please note the Edelman office requires visitors to wear masks upon entry. If you have questions or concerns, please email
  • If your art piece doesn’t fit the parameters, but you are still interested in submitting, please email us an image and description of the piece at for consideration. 
  • All artwork is subject to review and may or may not be put on display or published to our website. Submissions using discriminatory, derogatory language or inappropriate materials will not be displayed or published to our website.
  • If you have any questions, please send an email to
  • Timeline
    • Art submission deadline for physical and digital artwork: Thursday, May 5, at 5 p.m. (art must be submitted on this drop off day)
      • Wednesday, April 20 was the original art drop-off day. The deadline was extended to May 5.
    • Artists notified of the date and location of their display:  Wednesday, May 11, 2022
    • Art available for pickup starting: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 

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Artist: Diana Tumminia