The Healing Tree unfolds with hope and inspiration

The first participatory public art project of its kind in our community, The Healing Tree is a collaboration of the county arts council, ArtsinStark, and Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery. The Healing Tree is an invitation to raise health awareness, reduce social stigma and support helpful dialogue around mental health and addiction issues facing our community.

Professional artist Michele Waalkes has sculpted a tree of metal designed to carry leaves bearing personal messages of recovery and inspiration. Our stories make us stronger. Community members are encouraged to add their own notes and messages as the artwork makes stops throughout the county in 2017.

The Healing Tree is unfolding, growing and gains healing energy with more and more community participation. This is reflected in the physical size and shape of the artwork as it moves from location to location.

Join your neighbors, clients, families, recovery professionals and the community to break down mental health and addiction stigma and enjoy the healing effects that come from viewing, creating and participating in works of art. The Healing Tree traveling art project will be at the following locations.

upcoming locations

Massillon Fun Fest
Aug. 12, 2017
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Downtown Massillon, Ohio

First Friday
Sept. 1, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Downtown Canton, Ohio

University of Mount Union     
Sept. 6, 2017
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hoover-Price Campus Center

CommQuest Recovery Picnic 
Sept. 16, 2017
Noon to 3 p.m.
1660/1680 Nave Rd. SE, Massillon, Ohio

Aultman Hospital (Bedford Lobby)
October 2017
2600 6th St. SW, Canton, Ohio

Malone University  
Nov. 8-18, 2017
At performances of “Next to Normal” musical

Rodman Public Library    
Permanent home of The Healing Tree

Our stories make us stronger

If you, or a loved one, is on a journey of recovery from mental illness or addiction, please consider sharing your story in 10 words or less on a Healing Tree leaf. Leaves will be incorporated into The Healing Tree between location visits.

Visit the StarkMHAR Facebook Leaves Photo Album to see the hundreds of leaves from the community.

Visit Facebook Album

Thank you for considering participation in this collaborative project to reduce stigma and provide inspiration for recovery, hope and healing in Stark County!