Summit County, Ohio: Judge Joy Malek Oldfield, Turning Point Program Presiding Judge, is pleased to announce the Interval Brotherhood Home Moving Gallery will be on display at the Summit County Courthouse in November.
Turning Point, a judicially supervised court docket that reduces correctional costs, protects community safety, and improves public welfare, was developed from Summit County Felony Drug Court, which started in 2002. Turning Point participants are required to meet their obligations to themselves, their families, and society.
In furtherance of the Turning Point Program mission, Judge Joy Malek Oldfield has teamed with Interval Brotherhood Home (IBH) to host the IBH Moving Gallery on the First Floor Annex of the Summit County Courthouse, 209 South High Street in Akron. Beginning Tuesday, November 7, 2019, the Gallery will be on display outside of Judge Oldfield’s courtroom for visitors to view and reflect upon. The Gallery will be on display through Wednesday, November 21, 2019.
The IBH Moving Gallery, entitled Connections, is a display aimed to spotlight the beauty of working together and the importance of community in recovery. The Gallery is composed of a series of eight canvases, one interactive box, as well as a book for the community to share their own experiences with recovery.
Judge Oldfield said she is hosting the Gallery because each piece of work illustrates the diversity of the artists, and it shows that people from different backgrounds can come together to communicate one simple message: recovery is possible and you are not alone.
Kristin Dowling, Client Educator at IBH, said each piece of art was done as a collaboration directed and inspired by the artists who worked on them. “In recovery, we know we can’t do it alone. We need other people to gain wisdom, knowledge, support, connection, compassion, and love,” said Dowling.
“The goals of the IBH Moving Gallery are to educate the community about addiction and recovery, to bring attention to the fight against stigma, inspire someone in need to seek help, and to showcase the talented people that IBH works with every day,” stated Oldfield.
“I’m honored to serve as a Presiding Judge for Turning Point and through this event bring public awareness to the successes of drug court programs and our community partners, as we continue the fight against the addiction epidemic,” concluded Judge Oldfield.
Contact: Susan Sweeney, Esq
Assistant Court Executive Officer