A 2019 exhibition conceived and created by Peter about resilience in the face of trauma, mental health challenges, and the opioid epidemic.
In 2019, at the invitation of an ad hoc group of citizens concerned with the opioid epidemic and mental health crisis in Massachusetts’ Essex County, Peter Bruun was invited to lead a project to open discussions on matters too little spoken about aloud. Threads Unbroken featured art by Merrimack Valley artists and youth who in their art and lives take on behavioral health issues, sharing their stories of strength and overcoming.
Those featured in Threads Unbroken shared the stories behind their work, offering inspiring tales of overcoming and survival in the face of pain. The event included performances from spoken word artist Red Rose Grace, and presentations from others from the Merrimack Valley, including Sandy Guerrier, Homelessness Initiative Coordinator for Lawrence, on how homelessness contributes to (as well as comes from) trauma, mental health challenges, and substance use disorder. The event, which was conducted in English and Spanish to allow access to the region’s large Latinx population, included a variety of resource tables with information on how people can find mental health and/or substance use help or family support.