Wellness in the Storm


A public awareness initiative using arts programming to engage the Dorchester County community and challenge the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use disorder. The project features an art exhibition and four public programs taking place in various Dorchester County locations during the month of April 2019. 

About the Exhibition

Wellness in the Storm

April 6–27, 2019
Dorchester Center for the Arts
321 High Street
Cambridge, MD 21613

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Thursday Noon-8pm
Friday & Saturday 10am-4pm

An exhibition full of stories in three parts; dozens of drawings by Dorchester County residents caught up in the storm of substance use accompanied by captions sharing their experiences; a photo essay spotlighting people and places in and around Cambridge in the eye of the opioid epidemic; a group exhibition of Maryland artists whose works represent a spectrum of hurting and healing, featuring artists Raymond Bartock, Peter Bruun, Pat Dennis, Gloria Garrett, Phylicia Ghee, Nancye Hesaltine, Ursula Cain Jordan, Valerie Paulsgrove, Rebecca Perkins, Jamie Schulz, Yemonja Smalls, John Viles, Grace Weltman, and a special memorial section for Cambridge artist Ruth Andrews.

Public Programs

Free and open to the public, all events include resource tables with information about behavioral health support services. This project is sponsored by the Dorchester County Opioid Intervention Team, with additional support from an anonymous donor in memory of Leslie Maria Farrell Layman.

Dr. Greg Hobelmann, Chief Medical Officer of Ashley Addiction Treatment, anchors the discussion with an overview of substance use disorder as a brain disease.

Community Conversation & Opening Reception

Saturday, April 13, 3:30-7pm
3:30-5pm Community Conversation
5-7pm Opening Reception

Dorchester Center for the Arts
321 High Street
Cambridge, MD 21613

A reception for the Wellness in the Storm exhibition follows a town hall-like discussion on all-things substance use and addiction. The discussion features a presentation by Dr. Greg Hobelmann, Chief Medical Officer of Ashley Addiction Treatment) on how addiction affects the brain, and includes performances by those in or seeking recovery, stories from individuals whose journeys are shared in the Wellness in the Storm exhibition, and invited participants who collectively represent a diversity of experiences and expertise asked to explore the question: how do we stay well in the storm of the opioid epidemic and other challenges?

Nate “Gunsmoke” Hodge headlines an event featuring an array of talented performers.

Open-Mic at Dri-Dock

Sunday, April 14, 3-5pm

Dri-Dock Recovery & Wellness Center
208 Sunburst Highway
Cambridge, MD 21613

Too often, those affected by substance use disorder, or addiction, are judged harshly and little understood. Join us as we lift the lid on the true hardships, strengths, and talent of those who in their resilience are an inspiration to all who care to listen. Featuring music and stories from Nate “Gunsmoke” Hodge and others who come out with simply a desire to perform and share, helping us better know how the opioid epidemic and other challenges affects us all.

An inspiring night of performance and stories from a number of individuals caught in the storm.

Friday Night Live Coffee House-Open Mic

Friday, April 26, 7-9pm

Dorchester Center for the Arts
321 High Street
Cambridge, MD 21613

A fun, friendly, supportive atmosphere for acoustic musicians, poets, storytellers and folkies. While anyone is invited to share their talent in 10-minute time slots, we stack the deck on this evening with a number of performers whose stories are relevant to the project theme of wellness in the storm. Come out and hear your friends open up and blow us away with their hearts and harmonies-an evening for coming together as a community of one, enjoying a Friday night of entertainment as compelling as it is relaxing. Doors open at 6:30pm; first performance at 7:15pm.

International sensation and Baltimore native Kondwani Fidel leads a conversation on what’s real.

Four Questions: A Youth Forum with Kondwani Fidel

Saturday, April 27, 3-5pm

Mace’s Lane Middle School
1101 Mace’s Lane
Cambridge, MD 21613

Join spoken word artist, poet, and acclaimed author of Hummingbirds in the Trenches Kondwani Fidel as he shares his story of growing up in inner city Baltimore with two parents addicted to drugs, and how reading, writing, and performing saved him. Kondwani not only performs along with other young people from Dorchester County, but also leads conversation around four questions youth need to talk about: Why take drugs? How do drugs make you feel? What can go wrong? What do we need? Free and open to the public, the event is presented in partnership with the Dorchester County Youth Action Council.

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