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College Hosts Art and Addiction Exhibits

Release Date: 10/10/2008

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair 
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College

Carroll Community College to Host Art and Addiction Project in Collaboration with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Exhibitions to be Held at Community College


The country has an urgent need for addiction prevention and treatment, according to addiction scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "Art and Addiction," a unique visual arts program designed to change the way America views substance abuse and addiction, is coming to Carroll Community College, in collaboration with the Innovators Combating Substance Abuse Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Drs. Jack Henningfield and Patricia Santora, faculty members in the Department of Psychiatry and co-directors of the Innovators Program, have been integrating addiction art with addiction science to change the way America views addiction from being seen as a "moral failing" or "criminal act," to being accepted as a chronic medical illness requiring treatment.
Through collaboration with the Innovators Program, Carroll Community College is for the first time taking the concept to a wider audience of the general public.  For a six-week period from Nov. 2 through Dec.12, 2008, Carroll has organized a series of addiction art exhibitions, lectures and a film forum that will be featured at the college located at 1601 Washington Road in Westminster.

For additional information on the Art and Addiction shows and events at Carroll Community College, please contact Maggie Ball at or call Gidget Gill at 410-386-8575.

Related Media Advisory: Fresh Air Box Project

October 20:   9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Great Hall, Carroll Community College
Who:  Carroll Community College Art Students and Frederick Artist Debbie Clark
What:  Art Students will be creating original smoking cessation kits.  Made from cigarette boxes, the completed collaged and painted art objects will be available to Carroll students and the public at the "Art and Addiction" Exhibition Opening on Nov. from 2 to 4 p.mWhen:  Monday, Oct.  20.  9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where:  The Great Hall, Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, MD  21157
Why:  The Fresh Air Box Project is a studio-based event that complements the Art and Addiction project taking place at Carroll in November.  Also, as the college goes smoke-free this January, this effort may offer positive support to some students, faculty and staff members.
Earlier this year, the Fresh Air Box Project was conceived by artist Debbie Clark as a "compassion project" to support and encourage people who are committed to becoming non-smokers.  The boxes are one-of-a-kind works of art made with cigarette packs, discarded materials, and paint. Included in each box are gentle non-judgmental words of encouragement and packs of chewing gum, to help in those very challenging early days of quitting smoking.   Clark, who considers these art boxes as symbols of hope and transformation, will be working to create Fresh Air Boxes with art students on Oct. 20 in the Great Hall at Carroll Community College from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Completed art boxes/smoking cessation kits will be distributed to the public during the opening of the Art and Addiction Exhibition in the Scott Gallery on Nov. 2 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call Gidget Gill at 410-386-8575, or e-mail Maggie Ball at


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