Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Lance T. Peterson


Social Work


The purpose of this study was to explore the impact art could play on engaging society in a public health matter. Qualitative interviews were conducted with mental health professionals who provide clinical services to individuals experiencing serious mental illness. These audio- recorded interviews were conducted within a period of two weeks and were analyzed using grounded theory methodology. The most common themes that emerged were social inclusion, creating dialogue and deterring mental health stigma. Implications from this study included a need for more case studies in the U.S. regarding civic engagement efforts and an increased use of art, and collaboration with artists, to engage the community in civic matters.

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