Alternative Currency works
The Living Museum in NYC and the Living Museum in the Netherlands differ slightly. I am not a Doctor and thus people don’t address me in that way. I am not present every day, like Janos Martin. I am a volunteer, as every person and artist working in the Living Museum. I don’t make money with the Living Museum. I make money by doing assignments for about 60 to 70% of my time. With time I don’t mean 40 hours per week. I mean a lot more hours. Therefore we have a staff of volunteers. About 13 people, with or without lived experience. To keep our place open 6 days a week. From 10.30 am till 4 pm.
Snap out of it!
When people enter our place they stop being a patient. They are and become artists. We have no threshold. Everybody is welcome. If people feel at home in our place? Time will tell. Most of the time it is for them to decide if they want to stay and make art.
It works for almost everybody
Does the Living Museum work for everybody? No. As Housing First, WRAP, Trauma Informed Support, Respite Care does not work for everybody. Point is that we have to offer people options. A real choice amongst possible choices. Like dr. Roberto Mezzini from Triest, Italia, said in India: Freedom First.
Who needs a Dr.?
I visit Dr. Martin and his Living Museum about 3 times a year. I need his advice, on many topics. For me, Janos is a friend, a peer, a mentor, a coach and also dr. Martin. An authority, because he made all this possible. Without him, there would be no Living Museum in the Netherlands or anywhere else in the world.
The globalization of the Living Museum
Seoul, South-Korea, Tilburg, Eindhoven have opened up a Museum and who knows, maybe Norway, Austria, Toulon, and India will follow this year, 2019. In March 2019 we will open up a Living Museum (NDSM) with the Salvation Army in Amsterdam. In April we will move to a new building in Bennebroek.
All thanks to free spirits, artists, visionary people. People who want to change Mental Health for the better.
Like dr. Martin. ❤️