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IAA Advocacy:
Mental Illness & PTSD

Mental illness has been on the rise in this country, and -- in the wake of a global pandemic, political strife, economic instability, and an uptick in violence -- symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in particular are all too common.

Despite all the talk in media and broader culture, and in many cases because of it, the public is still often at a loss when it comes to fully understanding mental health issues (see the abuse of the word "gaslighting" to take notes).

The IAA tries to act as a forum for those dealing with mental illness and PTSD to share their experiences and for experts to share their knowledge.

Make buttons here:

  • Mental Illness Exhibitions

  • Mental Illness Publications

  • Mental Illness Grants

  • Mental Illness Partners

  • PTSD Resources Button (Hidden PTSD Page)

Curated Exhibitions and Civic Education

  • “All Bullets Shatter: Uncounted Stories of Gun Violence and Trauma.”  Organizer, Curator, and Host.  (International Juried Art Exhibition on Trauma.). With the Institute for Digital Humanity; Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy; Guns Down, Love Up; Project Minnesota; The Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (Ohio State, Portland State, George State); and the Pittsburgh University Prison Writing Project.  Minneapolis, MN.  May 2022.

  • “Contaminated.”  Organizer, Curator, and Host.  (International Juried Art Exhibition on COVID and Mental Health.)  With the Institute for Digital Humanity and Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.  May 2020.


     

  • “Medical Unreliability and Sick Girl Theory.”  Curator and Editor.  (Student Cross-Cultural Art Exchange.)  With Allison Baker, the Institute for Digital Humanity, Hamline University, and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.  St. Cloud Zine Fest.  St. Cloud, MN.  February 2020.

     

  • “Sad Girls and Hopeful Women.”  Curator and Editor.  (Student Cross-Cultural Art Exchange on Feminism and Health.)  With Allison Baker, the Institute for Digital Humanity, and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.  Twin Cities Zine Fest.  Minneapolis, MN.  September 2020.
     

IAA's Exhibits: Group or Solo Shows (Juried or Invited)

  • “Infectious Madness.”  Solo Museum Exhibition.  (Installation on Illness and Caregiving.). With Allision Baker and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.  Gallery 610.  Menomonie, WI.  April 2020.

 

 

  • “Medical Unreliability and Sick Girl Theory.”  Curator and Editor.  (Student Cross-Cultural  Art Exchange.)  With Allison Baker, the Institute for Digital Humanity, Hamline University, and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.  St. Cloud Zine Fest.  St. Cloud, MN.  February 2020.


     

  • “Contaminated.”  Creative Director.  (Solo Exhibition by Allison Baker.).  Shelter in Place Gallery.  Boston, MA.  September 2020.

Dr. McKain Exhibitions, Performances, and Civic Engagement Initiatives (Non-IAA)

 

  • “School Violence: An Interdisciplinary Approach.” Curator and Organizer.  (Student Art Installation on Gun Violence and Public Health.) Hamline University. Saint Paul, MN. December 2015.

     

  • “dronesTruck: Operation Scarewaves.” Grant Funded Art Installation.  (Public Sound Installation on Technology Health Effects.) Saint Paul, MN.  October 2015.

IAA's Publications

  • “WandaVision Exposes the Reality that Our Filter Bubbles Control our Minds.” Hannah Grubbs. Popular Culture and Theology.   September 22, 2021.
     

  • “In Two Voices.”  Dr. Aaron McKain, Amanda Aherns and Steven Pederson.  Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.  August 2020.

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