9MUSES ART CENTER - WHERE ART improves mental health!
We are a program of the Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida designed to provide adults with mental health disorders an opportunity to improve mental health through Fine Arts, Support Groups, and Peer Activities. Participants are free to choose from a broad array of visual and performing arts. Classes and personalized instruction along with individual studio time allow members to create according to his/her own personal “muse” and engage in stimulating activity without regard to mental illness stigma. Support groups for mental health disorders include depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, with peer specialists on-premises for mentoring and advocacy.
9Muses has been promoting mental health awareness throughout the community for over twenty years and functions successfully as a peer-run organization. Members are free to come and go, and participate in any class they wish or sit and enjoy coffee and conversation with other members. Positive interaction promotes self-empowerment and increases mental health awareness which strengthens individual recovery.
Power of Peers (POP), is a new program which links peers with natural supports upon discharge from crisis stabilization units. The goal is to provide assistance to individuals as they integrate back in to their community. The program has surpassed expectations and is expanding its reach throughout Southeast Florida.
The Nine Muses - Daughters of Zeus & Mnemosyne (Memory) in Greek mythology are the inspiration of artists and scientists. Their names are: Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia and Urania .