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Painted Brain | Putting Brains To Work!
We're bridging communities and changing the conversation about mental illness using arts and media.
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  • Empathic Design

    In early 2018, we partnered with Otis College of Art and Design as a way to collaborate to support the local community of mental health as well as bringing education and resources to students living with mental illness.
  • Supportive Engagement

    Since 2014, we’ve been addressing the homelessness crisis by reintegrating vulnerable populations into society with the mission of supporting innovation and job security for individuals with mental health challenges in Los Angeles.
  • Women’s Support Groups

    Mind Talks, an open forum where young professional women come together to open the conversation around mental health challenges. It is designed for individuals to listen to personal stories, connect with one another, and share their own adversities.
  • Housing Enrichment

    The individuals experiencing mental health challenges and isolation in housing facilities thrive with our art intervention workshops. Partnering with the Office of Diversion and Reentry has given us the opportunity to expand our impact; creating community.
  • Digital Literacy

    Since 2014, Painted Brain Tech has been fostering a community of techies living with mental health challenges. If your agency is looking to support the development of high-level trade skills in Information Technology and Digital Marketing, bring our team to your peers.
  • Restorative Justice

    We’ve been in a long-standing partnership with Community Justice Initiative since 2013; empowering minor offenders through our leadership and education training workshops for art and tech.


Painted Brain creates lasting community-based solutions to mental health challenges and the impact of social injustice through arts, advocacy, and enterprise.


Painted Brain denies the common distinction between mental health and mental illness.  Many of the contributors to Painted Brain live with mental illnesses like depression and anxiety, challenges that impact as many as 1 in 5 people.  People living with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, (formerly manic depression) are also found in great abundance in our midst.  Painted Brain is a place for people with mental illness to demonstrate our mental health through action and through the arts.  You don’t have to be mentally ill to find mental health, but it might just give us the leg up.  As Krishnamurti famously writes, “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

Painted Brain community has been going strong for more than a decade.   The first-of-its-kind amalgam of mental health professionals and people living with mental health challenges, our community represents a cutting-edge response to America’s mental health crisis.  Art and media are the tools with which we build this community.  Creating a message about mental health is what brings us all together.  The arts help people interact socially and effectively in all situations, but are especially valuable for people experiencing the impacts of trauma, psychosis, depression, autism, anxiety and other unwanted mental experiences. Art activities create dialogue and connection.  We have been active in this conversation for over ten years and we have only just begun to reach our potential. View More



Includes upcoming events, art groups, and workshops (Coding Group) schedule.


Painted Brain community center is a place to feel safe being who you are, make real what you imagine, and find connection and recovery through peer support. Members and visitors are invited to join our art and education groups and also welcomed and encouraged to work on individual projects. We have computers, art supplies, instruments, and random stuff for projects of all kinds. Recruit people to collaborate on bigger projects and find musicians to jam with. The arts offer social and personal development through increased perception, sensitivity, insight, and curiosity. We believe that when there aren’t a lot of rules, people take more personal responsibility for their actions. Just come on in anytime we’re open and check us out.View More


  • ART

    Get Inspired and visual insight from our artists!


    Read raw and uncut poetry!


    Mental Health News from Firsthand Experience


    Hear personal stories and topics on mental health.

Click Below To View Our Newspaper


The Beginning

All my life I craved to be as beautiful as a flower. I wanted the ambience, the essence, and the admiration. In the spri...

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Mar - 2019

A Portal to Winter

Autumn evolution oversteps into the Winter void, a theatrical consecration, that leafy curtain lifting to reveal b...

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Dec - 2017

A Promise from the Past

Like a promise from the past We played when we were young Small hands and yellow leaves The tall trees We left behin...

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Dec - 2017



    We advocate for mental health through our stories.


    We expand community networks.


    Painted Brain art group leaders go to your facility.


    Occupational therapy services available.




Painted Brain's First Magazine Issue CoverSince the first issue of Painted Brain Magazine in 2006, our voice has defined our mission. Society will change when the millions of people living with mental illness are no longer represented by our worst examples but instead by our humanity and integrity.  Painted Brain always portrays an honest, positive voice about living with mental illness.  We directly challenge the negative attitudes and language that limits our conversations about this difficult topic. When mental health symptoms are unleashed by the superhuman powers that they actually represent, the insanity infecting this world will transform to an appreciation of our inherent differences. If you are interested in getting involved or would like to contribute as an artist, photographer, writer, or voice to our project, click here. Painted Brain is in need of volunteers as we rely on our community support to make the change. We’ve had more than a thousand volunteers in our course of running. Our magazine production stopped in 2012 as we decided to convert the cost of printing into an opportunity for job creation. We would love to revive this project in print. If you are interested in bringing back the magazine, contact us at


  • The beauty of Painted Brain lies within their Artist' s creativity and expression. Although seen through their eyes, they express so well what it's like to live in this right-hand world with a left-handed soul. We are so proud to know and deep respect for the crew at PB. Peer Recovery Art Project is thrilled to share the planets with such an astronomically centered group of like-minded artists, music makers, photojournalistic icons and mental health stigma busting champions.

  • Painted Brain's community center and program services are unlike any other mental health agency that I've seen in the 30 years of working in the field.

  • Painted Brain has been a great support for our clients, helping them feel valued, build community, socialize and engage positively and grow in their independence through group leadership opportunities. We are grateful for their partnership.

  • Nobody sends flowers when you're in the mental hospital but Painted Brain is there when you get out. Their creative community is changing the way people think about mental illness.

  • Painted Brain has the best DNA of any small non-profit I have ever worked with.

  • Painted Brain celebrates the power of diverse minds. From art sessions to coding workshops with CodiePie, they provide spirited enrichment for people who are too often taught to hold themselves back.

  • Connections to others and a sense of belonging is vital and essential to the recovery process. Painted Brain has provided exactly such an important connection and creative arts community, using the commonality of mental illness, for over ten years. Painted Brain has been of tremendous value to many Step Up members during that time.

    CEO of Step Up on Second


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Includes event listings and inspirational stories from people living successfully with a mental illness.


Includes upcoming events, art groups, and workshops (Coding Group) schedule.