The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the North Shore Music Association and North Shore Health present Sam Miltich's The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
Highlighting cultural contributions of famous artists with mental illness and sharing his own story, original compositions, and teaching, Sam Miltich
inspires hope for increased mental health awareness and destigmatization. Join us for three powerfully moving events that champion understanding for a vulnerable population:
MUSIC-PROCESS WORKSHOP at Grand Marais Public Library (104 2nd Ave. W) – May 11 at 2:30 pm – Sam discusses and demonstrates guitar techniques, talks about his daily practice and how music has played a large role in his mental health recovery, and engages in Q&A. Open to the public and free of charge.
EVENING CONCERT at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (417 1st Ave. W, Grand Marais) – May 11 at 7 pm – Sam and performs with his quartet, with an accompanying narrative that highlights the creative and important contributions to society and culture that can be made by individuals with mental illness. Tickets are $15 general admission, for sale at event only.
TALK at the North Shore Health Multipurpose Room (515 5th Ave. W, Grand Marais, just off the lobby in the new hospital entrance) – May 12 at 2 pm – Sam's talk, focused on hope and recovery, highlights his experience with schizophrenia, as well as the experiences of other accomplished musicians who achieved great personal and professional success while living with mental illness (including Thelonious Monk). Open to the public and free of charge.
This project is made possible through a grant from Wilderness Health, a Northeast MN and Northwest WI collaborative, leading the transformation for rural health care systems.