Stevenson to Host Campus Events, Exhibition in Support of New Day Campaign

October 6, 2015 7 AM

Stevenson University will partner with local organizations and institutions from across the region in support of the New Day Campaign, a 2015 initiative using art to challenge stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and addiction in an effort to make the world a more healing place.

Starting on Oct. 1, and running for 92 days, the New Day Campaign will present 15 art exhibitions and 60 public events, and conduct a community outreach campaign in the Baltimore region that will open hearts, change thinking and conversations, and offer pathways to action.

Stevenson will host one exhibition and four events in conjunction with the initiative.

  • Elisif’s Story, Oct. 15 – Dec. 15 (public reception Oct. 22, 6-8 p.m.): An exhibition by Peter Bruun about his daughter, Elisif Janis Bruun, who died of a heroin overdose at age 24 on Feb. 11, 2014. Featuring drawings by Peter along with audio from friends, family, caring professionals, and others reflecting on Elisif’s journey. (Art Gallery, Greenspring campus.)
  • Forum: Open Hearts and Active Minds, Oct. 21, 5-7 p.m.: An opportunity to bring awareness to the challenging issue of handling the onset of active addiction or mental illness among student populations on college campuses. Will emphasize how to build a more caring community. (St. Paul Companies Pavilion, Greenspring campus.)
  • Quad Stories: Getting to Good, Nov. 11, 5-7 p.m.: Quad Stories will present seven 7-minute of college life experiences associated with mental illness and addiction. (St. Paul Companies Pavilion, Greenspring campus.)
  • Written Off: The Short Sad Beautiful Life of Matt Edwards, Dec. 1, 7-9 p.m.: Film presenting a compassionate look at the life and death of a young man who fell victim to the nation’s ongoing heroin epidemic. Event includes film screening and dialogue. (Inscape Theatre, Greenspring campus.)
  • Mental Illness, Addiction, and Choice: An Exploration, Dec. 5, 1-5:30 p.m.: 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. (Inscape Theatre, Greenspring campus.)

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.