Program History

Since 2004, Spectrum ArtWorks, a program of RESOURCE, has been working to support professional artists living with mental illness. Located at the Lighthouse, a Community Support Program in Minneapolis, the program meets its mission through a community-focused and recovery-based approach. Its multi-faceted art studio and programming assists artists at reaching and maintaining their artist-related goals such as making new art, connecting with other artists, and accessing exhibition and grant opportunities.

In addition to this, each year the program organizes a new exhibition that aims to meet its mission to challenge stigma and raise mental health awareness. For example: In 2015, the program partnered with the Minneapolis Institute of Art to bring “In Conversation”, a residency and exhibition that featured 17 artists from the program. Each participant created a new piece of art that was in conversation with an object or artwork in the museum’s collection. In 2016: “The Big Picture”, a group exhibition presented artwork that explored wellness in recovery through art.

Group Exhibitions
August - September 2017
To Really See
Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central, Minneapolis, Minnesota

April - June 2017
Water's Edge
University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen, Minnesota

April 29, 2016 - Ongoing
The Beauty of it All
The Family Partnership, Minneapolis, Minnesota

February 2016
The Big Picture
Solar Arts Building, Minneapolis, Minnesota

November 2015 – February 2016      
In Conversation: Spectrum ArtWorks at Mia                                
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

September 2015 – Present
What’s Left: Lives Touched by Suicide (traveling)
MacRostie Art Center Grand Rapids, Minnesota

August – October 2015                      
Full Reach
Dunn Brothers, Roseville, Minnesota

June 2015                
Full Spectrum                                                                    
Blick Art Materials, Roseville, Minnesota

May – July 2015        
Impossible Things                                                      
The Nicollet, Minneapolis, Minnesota

February 2015         
Katrina and Friends                                                                            
Caffetto Coffee Shop, Minneapolis, Minnesota

November 2014 – March 2015        
Intuitive Artists Pop-Up Gallery
Made Here, Minneapolis, Minnesota

November 2014        
Spectrum ArtWorks                                                      
Blick Art Materials, Minneapolis, Minnesota

June 2013                

An Introspective                                                                                      
Regla De Oro Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

January 2012           
For the Love of…                                                              
Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

May 2012                 
Spectrum ArtWorks                                                                          
USPRA Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota

July 2011                 

Spectrum ArtWorks                                                               
House of Hope, Minneapolis, Minnesota

June – August 2011                        
Spectrum ArtWorks                                                
St. John’s Hospital, Maplewood, Minnesota

April - June 2011     
Spectrum ArtWorks                                                                          
Alliance Bank Building, Minneapolis, Minnesota

February - March 2009                  
Out of the Blue                                                             
Gage Family Gallery, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota

May 2008                 
Living Beyond Poster Project
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

December 2008        
Living Beyond                                                               
Stevens Square Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

December 2007        
Art and Healing: Mind Fields                                          
Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 2006           

Stevens Square Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

July 2004                 
Possibilities: Discovering Our Potential
The Minneapolis Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota

March 2004              
Spectrum ArtWorks
Seward Community Café, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Other Events and Collaborations

August - October 2016
I'm Worth It Poster Contest

January 2015-Present
MCAD Teach Artist Internships                        
Minneapolis College of Art and Design

January 2015-Present
Login Project                                                      
Procentive (online collaboration)

July-September 2015
In Conversation Residency                                 
Minneapolis Institute of Art

March - September 2015

September-November 2015
Community Art Making: Photovoice           
Northwest Community Support Program

June-August 2015
Community Art Making: Photovoice                         
Lighthouse Community Support Program

March-May 2015
Community Art Making: Photovoice                           
Charaka Community Support Program

September 2014
Community Art Making: “Lighthouse”                               
Lighthouse Community Support Program

February 2015
Community Art Making: “Pulling on My Heart Strings”
Lighthouse Community Support Program

October 2014
Community Art Making: “Doily Strings”                         
Lighthouse Community Support Program

July 2013
Community Art Making Workshop
In Collaboration with VSA Minnesota

December 2010
Tree of Life Mural                                                     

2005 – 2015Spectrum ArtWorks Annual Member Show & Sale
Lighthouse Community Support Program

May 2006
May Day Parade Minneapolis, Minnesota

December 2005
Homeless Awareness Art Show and Sale Outsiders and Others Gallery, Mall of America


Community Access Award                                                           
Minnesota Association of Community Mental Heath Programs

Professional of the Year Award                                                   
NAMI Minnesota


Arts Access Award                                                                       
VSA Arts of Minnesota

Helping Lives Move Forward Reintegration Award                         
Eli Lilly and Company

March 3, 2004

Spectrum ArtWorks Day                                                                                       
Mayor R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis, Minnesota


May 2015
Spectrum ArtWorks: Creating Art, Building Community, and Fighting Stigma
Xcel Energy, Minneapolis, Minnesota

September 2015
Art and Homelessness: How Music and Art are Used to Raise Awareness of Homelessness and Create Solutions
Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Conference, Duluth, Minnesota

March 2015
2015 RESOURCE Annual Celebration                                  
Minneapolis, Minnesota

February 2009
Out of the Blue Artists’ Presentation                          
Adeline Johnson Conference Center, Oren Gateway Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 2006 
Peers: Forum Discussion                                               
Stevens Square Center for the Arts
Minneapolis, Minnesota

September 2003 
Art as Part of Mental Health Therapy                          
Community Mental Health Conference
Duluth, Minnesota

September 2016
Made Here Minnesota, Hennepin Theatre Trust
"Audrey Bernard"

November 2015
November 2014
“Home Away From Home”                                                     
October 2014
The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review
Interview: Christi Furnas                                                  
April 2015
Minnesota Monthly:
“Impossible Things Opens”                                                   
May 2012
Bitch Media:
Profile on Christi Furnas                                                        
February 2012
Star Tribune:                                                                

December 2010 
City Pages:
Tree of Life Mural                                                             

November 2009
TC Daily Plant:
Tree of Life Mural Video                                               
December 2007
Profile on ArtWorks Artist Ernie                                      
December 2007
Mn Artists:
Art & Healing: Mind Fields at Intermedia Arts                 
December 2007    
Mn Artists:                                               
“EXCHANGE: Part One”                                                                                                
November 2005
Women’s Press:
“Art in the Margins”                                                     

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