SANTA MONICA—The city of Santa Monica’s Disabilities Commission and the Santa Monica Public Library are collaborating to host an art exhibit to kick off Mental Health Awareness month. The exhibit will run through May 15 in the lobby of the Main Library located at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard.

According to the city of Santa Monica website, the exhibit features 18 artists addressing struggles with mental health through the creation of artwork in a range of media. The artwork aims to challenge and expand attendees understanding of complex embodiment and human variation. The SMPL will display a literary collection on mental health to support the exhibit. Attendees can meet the artist during a public courtyard reception on Sunday, May 6 from 2-4 p.m.

The Disabilities Commission aims to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in Santa Monica by raising awareness of the abilities, rights and issues of people with physical and mental impairments throughout the community.

The exhibit is free and open to all ages. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to the event. The Main Library is directly served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, R10 and 18. The Expo Line and Big Blue Bus lines 2, 3, R3 and 9 stop nearby. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.