Images of Resilience Photography Exhibit

Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital is proud to sponsor The Guidance Center’s Third Annual Images of Resilience Photography Exhibit this May at Wayne County Community College District – Downriver Campus in Taylor in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. The exhibit will feature the work of local photographers and showcase images related to the idea of resilience.

Co-chaired by Joe Gruber, Manager of Community Relations at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, and Stephanie Prechter, Photographer and Philanthropist, the initiative focuses on the importance of resilience as a way to navigate through life’s challenges. The goal is to engage our community around this topic and to encourage self-awareness through creative expression.

Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital is actively engaged in delivering programs that aid in the betterment of community health, especially in the field of mental health and wellness. Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportunity for Hospital staff to promote dialogue and reduce stigma surrounding mental health.

The Images of Resilience exhibit is open to the public at no cost from May 1 – June 1, 2018. Visitors may view the exhibit in the Brown and Juanita C. Ford Art Gallery during the college’s regular hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds from photography sales support Guidance Center programming focused on assisting families with recovery and resilience.

“Resilience is recognizing the spark within and doing what we can to keep it going. It is bound to roar and it will surely dim, but through it all, it stays aglow,” says event Co-Chair Stephanie Prechter. “I hope this series of events inspires the Downriver community to share their own stories of resilience, and may the spirit of the photographs live on beyond the month of May.”

New this year to the Images of Resilience event is the screening of the award-winning documentary “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope,” in partnership with the Michigan ACE Initiative and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. The film chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

Images of Resilience also features a Storytelling Event on Thursday, May 24 at 6 p.m. in the Heinz C. Prechter Educational & Performing Arts Center at Wayne County Community College in Taylor. The special evening begins with a reception where guests will be able to view the photography in the art gallery while enjoying refreshments, followed by the main storytelling and a screening of the Downriver Detroit Student Film Consortium’s video “I Wish, I Will.” An afterglow with refreshments will follow until 9 p.m. No registration is required, and this event is free and open to the public.

The Storytelling Event is generously sponsored by Patrick and Karen Wilson Smithbauer. Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital and Expert Mechanical Service, Inc. are Patron Sponsors for Images of Resilience.

For more information on this exhibit, including artists who wish to submit their work for the show, please visit The Guidance Center's website or call (734) 785-7705 x7087.

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