If you want to spotlight a cause in this town, just add music.
Shine On, scheduled for Fri., July 20 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, is meant to promote support for, and participation in, local organizations dedicated to mental health.
Joining Seven Counties Services and Healthy Hometown Movement in putting together the festival is Bridgehaven Mental Health Services, Volunteers of America Kentucky and Wellspring - Living Solutions for Mental Health Recovery.
“Applying national prevalence data, we know that up to 20,000 residents of Louisville Metro suffer from a mental illness but don’t seek or get treatment that could lead to recovery,” said Dr. Anthony M. Zipple, president and CEO of Seven Counties in a news release. “This is often due to the stigma too often attached to mental illnesses.
“We believe that public events like Shine On can help fight stigma and empower people to get the help they need.”
For a freebie, the list of acts is pretty impressive, starting with everyone’s favorite, Appalatin.
(We saw Appalatin pack out the Willow Park Sunday Concert a few weeks ago, getting ovation after ovation.)
Here’s the full list of scheduled performers.
- The River City Drum Corp.
- La’Nita Rocknette Dancers
- Winnie and the Mojo – Blues/Rock Band
- Appalatin – Latin Fusion Band
- YPAS (Youth Performing Arts School) Loren Been, senior flutist and current member of the Louisville Youth Orchestra
- VOICES of Kentuckiana, Inner VOICES, Community Choir
- Daniel Hardin and Jeff Thomas of The Sweet Nothings
Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Bomhard Theatre inside the Kentucky Center for the Arts. The show begins at 7 p.m. and is scheduled to last two hours.
One in five Americans will be affected by mental illness sometime in their lifetime, according to the release.
About Seven Counties Services: Seven Counties Services, Inc. is the leading provider of behavioral health care and developmental services in the Louisville region. Seven Counties delivers community-based treatment, support and services for persons with severe mental illnesses, children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders, and individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Seven Counties offers community-based and residential treatment and services for individuals with addictions.