New exhibit to raise awareness of mental health issues

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A rare exhibit to raise awareness of mental health issues will come to The Stanley in Utica next week.

The exhibit is called "The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic." 

Curators and state workers were roaming the grounds at an old facility. After walking up a creaky staircase to an old attic, they found stories of the lives of some of the people who lived there.

"It turned into a major exhibit at the New York State Museum in 2004, where 600,000 people went to the exhibit," said Denise Cavanaugh of Catholic Charities of Oneida and Madison County. "From there, the Community Consortium developed a traveling exhibit of kiosks and storyboards about these folks that are housed at the Exhibit Alliance in Hamilton, New York. So as we found out about that, we scheduled it to come here to Utica because nothing like this has been here before."

The exhibit will open in the Romano Room at the Stanley and will open April 30. It will be at the Stanley for four weeks.

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