Humanizing is Destigmatizing

An artistic endeavour to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and HIV.

Charmaine Wheatley discusses her Art Reducing Stigma program, where she sits with people who are affected by mental illness or by HIV with hopes of telling their stoeis and presenting the message: "Humanizing is Destigmatizing". 

Art Reducing Stigma

Get an in-depth look at Charmaine Wheatley's project to destigmatize mental health and HIV (starts at 10:00). 

Charmaine Wheatley's portraits are on display at the Miner Library in the University of Rochester Medical Center. Click here to read more about the project, and the hours of the library to visit. 

URMC artist in residence fights stigmas with portraits

Rebecca Rafferty of CITY Newspaper interviewed Charmaine Wheatley and has recently published an article going over her project. Check out the article here! Also watch this video of the project here! Download the pdf here!

Charmaine Wheatley describes her artist-in-residency program at the Isabelle Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

Listen to Charmaine Wheatley as she describes her artistic project aimed to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and illness at WXXI. Listen to the full interview here!

Interview with Charmaine Wheatley on WXXI's Need to Know

Stephen Dewhurst is Vice Dean for Research at the School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD), and Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research at the University of Rochester (UR). In a Democrat and Chronicle article, he illustrates the purposes and goals of the artist, Charmaine Wheatley, and her project, as well as its societal implications on distigmatizing illnesses. 

Charmaine Wheatley's work was exhibited at the University of Rochester Miner Library.

In an interview with the Graduate Education department of the University of Rochester Medical Center, Charmaine Wheatley describes her background and creation of this project.

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