Sam Miltich

Performance explores the intersections of mental health and creativity through jazz

On Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m., the Edge Center for the Arts in Bigfork welcomes Sam Miltich and Friends as they present The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health and Creativity through Jazz, a program highlighting cultural contributions of famous artists with mental illness and inspiring hope through Miltich’s own story and original compositions.  

Miltich’s dialogue explores intersections of mental health and the creative process and his pursuit of well-being amidst the daily challenges of living with a serious mental illness. He will describe his definition of recovery and the sense of purpose he cultivates through quality engagement in career and family life. Backed by a world class band consisting of Dave Karr (tenor sax), Chris Bates (bass) and Nathan Norman (drums), the tour expands exposure to jazz in rural communities and increases awareness of the issues faced by a vulnerable population.

The added focus on mental health awareness and education is delivered through a narrative delivered by Miltich and woven throughout the concert and provides context to the music being heard and highlights the intersections of creativity, mental illness, improvisation and cultural contributions in both his and other legendary musicians’ lives and music. This project aims to increase recognition in the general public of the social and cultural contributions of people with mental illness and inspire hope for recovery while expanding exposure to and knowledge of jazz music for people living with mental illness.

This event partners with a new Edge of the Wilderness community initiative designed to increase awareness of and to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness with the launch of a Make It OK campaign (https://makeitok.org/).

Each year, one in four Americans experiences a mental illness. Most will wait an average of 10 years before seeking treatment, largely due to the stigma. We are part of a local effort to change hearts and minds about the misconceptions about mental illnesses. The effort is part of a campaign which is designed to encourage people to talk more openly about mental illnesses and ask for help.

Tickets for this event are $15 for adults and $5 for children.

To learn more, visit https://edgecenterarts.org or www.facebook.com/EdgeCenterArts, email admin@edgecenterarts.org or call 218-743-6670.  

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