The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital is sponsoring an academic
and art competition designed to decrease the stigma of mental illness. The BrainDance Awards encourage students to gain knowledge about psychiatric
diseases and develop a more tolerant and realistic perspective toward people
with severe psychiatric problems. The competition also aims to promote
students’ interest in careers in mental health care.
To receive a BrainDance Award, a student must submit either an
academic or art project on themes related to severe mental illness. The
projects can be in any format, including research studies, reviews, essays,
paintings, poems or short stories.
Students can choose to compete in either the art or academic competition.
An award of $1000 will be given to the best overall submission.
Awards up to $1000 may be given to the best
projects. Students submission is the art and academic competitions are judged
Overall Winner -
Nicole Crapser (Birstol
Eastern High School)
"Finding the Way Out of Stigma: Aspergers
Left to right, Dr. Morris Bell, Nicole Crapser, Dr. Godfrey Pearlson
Nancy Hubbard, LCSW.
Academic - 1st Place - Kayla Davis and Daniel Dudar (Norwich Tech
Left to right, Dr. Morris
Bell, Kayla Davis, Dr. Godfrey Pearlson Daniel Dudar and Nancy
ART - 1st Place - Alexis Nasse (Hartford Magnet Trinity College
Left to right, Dr. Morris Bell, Dr. Godfrey
Pearlson, Alexis Nasse and
Nancy Hubbard, LCSW.
Mixed Media - 1st Place - Sarah Smith and Paige LaFlamme (Norwich
Tech High School)
"Social Phobia - Social Anxiety Disorder"
to right, Dr. Morris Bell, Sarah Smith, Paige LaFlamme, Dr. Godfrey
Pearlson, and Nancy Hubbard, LCSW.
BrainDance Awards Celebration:
All applicants, their
teachers, families and classmates will be invited to a research day hosted by
The Institute of Living on April 23, 2015. This day is designed to be an
educational extension opportunity and will include: a lecture by a national
expert on mental illness, an awards presentation, a visit to a museum on the
history of mental health care, and a tour of a neuro-imaging research center. The
overall winner and the first place winners in the art and science categories
will present brief lectures summarizing their projects. All other applicants
will be encouraged to present a poster describing their project. The student
lectures and poster presentations are designed so that all participants can cite
their BrainDance projects on future school or job applications
The awards are coordinated by:
Nancy Hubbard, LCSW, and Godfrey Pearlson, M.D., Director,
Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center.
For more information:
for the current Braindance brochure
Contact Nancy Hubbard, LCSW at