MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Currier Museum of Art is bringing together families struggling with addiction for a program called “The Art of Hope.”
The weekly program, which starts Feb. 5 and runs for four weeks, is aimed at parents whose children have substance use disorders. The goal is to foster a sense of community in a creative and calm setting, surrounded by artwork. Mentors will be on hand to provide participants with advice on how they can support their children.
“If you just get yourself out there, there are people that understand, people that have gone through this before, and there really is hope out there,” parent mentor Patricia Perkins-Wiley told WMUR-TV .
Bruce McColl, the museum’s director of art education, said the museum wants to be a force of good in the community and region, and he hopes the program serves as a model for other museums.
The program, a partnership with the advocacy group Drug-Free Kids, won praise from David Mara, the state’s drug czar.
“In such a creative setting, where people can be with other families who are going through the same thing, and also talk to people who have successfully nagivated through having an addicted family member, I think it’s great,” he said.