The intent of deinstitutionalization, the decades-long process by which many of those with mental illness were released to community treatment, was to reintegrate those people in society and provide care in the least restrictive setting. For those who achieved that aim, it has been an enormous benefit.
Artist Stephen Fellerman instructs students in a glass-blowing class. Classes are held in the studios, and artists often can be found working there. Visitors, both on the guided and self-guided tours, are welcome to take a quick peek at what’s going on in the studios.