Mask Exhibit at The NeuroMedical Center Raises Awareness for Traumatic Brain Injury
The NeuroMedical Center and the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana have partnered to bring a unique art exhibit to Baton Rouge. The “Unmasking Brain Injury” exhibit is part of a worldwide movement to promote awareness of the prevalence of brain injury and to give survivors a voice and the means to educate others of what it’s like to live with a brain injury.
The exhibit currently on display on the first floor of The NeuroMedical Center includes 36 masks created by brain injury survivors in South Louisiana. Each mask is accompanied with an explanation of the mask and a description of the artist’s brain injury. The Baton Rouge community is invited to take part in this powerful learning experience now through July 13th, 2018.
According to a 2013 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, approximately 153 deaths are recorded daily throughout the United States involving traumatic brain injury (TBI). During 2013 alone, TBIs claimed the lives of over 50,000 individuals nationally, contributing nearly 30 percent to all injury-related deaths. Often referred to as a “silent epidemic,” TBIs have unsuspectingly swept the nation, while their traumatic effects have gone largely unnoticed by many Americans.
Through its “Unmasking Brain Injury” exhibit, the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana hopes to show others that persons living with a disability due to their brain injury are like anyone else, deserving of dignity, respect, compassion and the opportunity to prove their value as citizens in their respective communities.