Atlanta Artist Channels Madness Into Art Exhibit

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Artist Mia Broder speaks about her journey of radical self-discovery and conquering mental illness through transformative art. Join us in February 2018 for her exclusive exhibit and correlating events. Her compelling story gives light to an issue that society often deems as taboo, in talking about one's mental health.

Hood Street Art Center Presents

Coloring Darkness – a Curious Collection

February 2 – Feb. 10, 2018

Art Exhibit Announcement- December 20th, 2017, ATLANTA—​

This Winter, Hood Street Art Center is showcasing the power of darkness in a unique collection that highlights the healing, transformative power art can play in overcoming mental illness. The exhibit: “Coloring Darkness—a Curious Collection” runs February 2nd-10th and is free to the public.

Artist Mia Broder didn’t start out as an artist or a mental health advocate. After being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2004, photography became a coping mechanism to help her take each moment as it came. “The stillness of a camera lens grounded me,” said Broder. “As my 20’s rolled into my early 30’s, my art expanded to include mixed media collages. There amongst the paper and the paint, the glue and my grandmother’s buttons, my creativity led me to my true voice: not always necessarily strong, but kind and filled with a goal of self-love.”

In the decade since her diagnosis, Broder has fully embraced her bipolar disorder and the creativity it gives her. She uses art as a way to express herself and heal others. In 2014, she began offering free Art Therapy classes at Haven’s House, a local domestic abuse shelter. “Some of the women will come up to me and talk about the art,” said Broder. “It is comforting to know that the creativity that heals me- translates to those who need healing too.”

“Coloring Darkness—a Curious Collection” will include more than a dozen mixed media canvases, two sculptures, and two books—artistic journaling chronicling coming to terms with her illness: Fireflies of Madness and Title.

Broder’s art has been exhibited in several galleries in the Southeast.

The exhibit & events are sponsored by the Andy Davis Foundation for the Arts​, a 501c(3) non-profit dedicated to the expansion of the arts through special programs, scholarships, internships, and apprenticeships across the state of Georgia. Certain proceeds from the sales of events and artwork during this exhibit will go back to the foundation. Visit for more information.

About Artist Mia Broder

Mia Broder resides on her family’s farm just south of Atlanta in Stockbridge, Georgia. her bipolar disorder diagnosis into a powerful art channel; creativity has given that madness a voice. When she’s not creating art, she can either be found teaching it at Haven House—a domestic abuse shelter—or working with clients on graphic design.

Events schedule

  • Opening Artist Reception

Join us for some cheese & wine. Featuring live performance by Red Clay Poets

February 2nd | 6 – 9 pm

  • Into the Wild- Intro to Paper Sculpting Class with Mia Broder*

February 5th & 7th | 1 – 3pm

  • Story Time with Steph: Where the Wild Things Are

Come dressed as your favorite monster

February 8th | 1:30 – 2:30pm: Rumpus Bash | 3 – 4pm: A Search for Wild Things Party

  • Unique Mindz with Mia Broder*

February 10th | 12:30 – 2:30pm


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