This article is part of a partnership with Rosecrance and their “In My Shoes” traveling exhibit now at the Milwaukee Public Library.
Previously, I told you about the traveling art exhibit “In My Shoes” that is currently traveling around the Midwest. The exhibit includes shoes decorated by teen patients at Rosecrance, a drug and alcohol treatment facility in Illinois. I had the chance to check out the exhibit in person and found it very moving.
The “In My Shoes” exhibit is currently on display at the Milwaukee Public library through April 26th. (Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. in the Schoenleber Reading Room. Each shoe is a unique piece of art that tells the story of what that patient has felt and is feeling. Many of the shoes speak for themselves, bur each has a card with it telling the story the artist feels it conveys.
The cards tells stories of abandonment, loneliness, and often abuse. The cards talk of the events that they feel led them to try and abuse drugs and alcohol. As sad as these stories are, there is also a hopeful note to many of them. The fact that the patients are able to verbalize some of the feelings they have tried to bury with substance abuse is a huge step forward. Art has a way of bringing up some hard to deal with feelings and making them just a little safer to express and it is beautiful to be able to see some of that healing in physical form.
If you are wondering how to talk to your own kid(s) about drug and alcohol abuse, I’d like to invite you to join me TONIGHT, April 16th at 7pm Central for an hour long Twitter chat. The chat will feature an adolescent psychiatrist who will provide tips and strategies for talking to teens about tough issues like substance abuse and more. You can find more information about the chat here.