My Voice Media, the mental health program at the Arts Consortium, started getting back in person just in time for Mental Health Awareness Month in May. Participants created their first art installation called “Our World, Our Perspective,” using the collaborative talents of participants in the art, photography, and videography classes.

The installation was the Arts Consortium’s show for the First Friday Art Walk. Small groups can make appointments to come to see the show through May.

What is an art installation? Californians may remember “Christo’s Umbrellas,” an installation of over 1,000 bright yellow umbrellas strewn across the Grapevine 30 years ago. And New York City has just announced a number of new installations, including a Giant Pin Cushion installation in the Garment District.

Installations are art creations incorporated into the environment.

My Voice participants also chose umbrellas for their installation—but theirs are all hand-painted (to show everyone is different),

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On May 31st, 2020, the artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, better known simply as Christo, passed away at home in New York at the age of 84. Immediately after, some people posed the question “if all your art is temporary, what can you leave behind?” Still, it’s all but certain that Christo’s legacy will long outlast the temporary large-scale installations he created with his wife and collaborator, Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009. That’s what photography is for — and Christo documented many of their works himself. But ultimately, as far as they’re concerned, permanence is inconsequential.

Iconic installation artist Christo, who passed away late last month.
Iconic installation artist Christo, who passed away late last month.

“I think it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain,” Christo said.

Aerial view of Christo's
Aerial view of Christo’s

Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects dramatically transformed the most unexpected public places, often in surprising ways. Take “Wrapped Reichstag,” for

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