Get Involved with The Institute for the development of human arts

We invite you to join our community!


Here’s How:

Join the mailing list & be the first to know:

We send out low traffic emails with only the stuff you want to hear about.

Sign up to get notified about exciting opportunities, events, and classes you can take part in!

Interested in organizing with us? Click “Yes Absolutely!” on the form checkbox so we know you want to get involved!


Learn more about our mission, principles & programs:

Read our mission statement and principles.

Learn more about our programs and events such as Mental Health Trialogue or IDHA Peer Connection.

Come to an upcoming workshop, event, class or meeting and get to know us!


Spread the word about us:


Leave your story or testimonial:

Post on your social media, list serves, or other platforms and communities about IDHA!

Invite your friends and colleagues on Facebook to our upcoming events.

Head to our Facebook or Twitter to leave us a comment about what you love about us and our community! On our discussion threads contribute your ideas and experiences, post your thoughts, photos, video, art and join in the conversations!

We love hearing from you! Tell us what you love about the community. Tell us about your story and how you found us. Tell us about your experience in our classes/events/workshops. You sharing about your experiences with IDHA will help all the folks in our community learn from you!

For written testimonials, post a review to our Facebook page or email with the subject line “Testimonial” to

For video testimonials, shoot a video on your cell phone or computer and send it with the subject line “video testimonial” to

*By sending us a written or video testimonial via email, you allow us to use and post the materials to our website, on promotional materials, and social media, unless otherwise explicitly indicated in your message.*


Get the FREE Online Training:

Check out our free online training on “The History of the Mad Movement & Biomedical Approaches” to learn more about our history, goals, and how we’ve come to understand challenging topics in mental health.

When you’re done, leave us a comment to let us know what you think!


Propose a topic or be an opener for our Mental Health Trialogue:


Mental Heath Trialogue is a monthly forum that brings together personal perspectives from providers, peers/survivors, family members and other interested parties to discuss issues and experiences with psychotropic medication, among other subjects. Each trialogue, we have at least one ‘opener’ who volunteers to start us off by speaking on their experience with the topic for 5-15 minutes.

Interested in being an opener? Have a topic in mind you want to see for a trialogue discussion?

Want to get involved in organizing and facilitating mental health trialogues with us?

Let us know at!


Join a Committee for IDHA Peer Connection:

IDHA Peer connection is a community and capacity-building network of Peer Specialists who are fighting for their right to practice genuine peer support in their work places. We gather monthly to learn from the experiences of some our most seasoned and independent leaders, and organize mentoring and other forms of support for working peers in New York City.

IDHA Peer Connection is looking for peers who want to get actively involved in our planning committees.

Click here to learn more about IDHA Peer Connection or click the button below and fill out the form to join a committee!


Host us to present at your venue, college, or conference:

We love meeting new folks in the community! Have an event, venue, conference, or other place you want us to attend? Let us know!

Email us at


Contribute to IDHA Media & Promotion:


Share your art, video, graphic design, photography, illustration, and other creative talents:


DONATE & help sustain our public community events and trainings:

Do you have mad social media, promotion, and/or networking skills? Contribute to the IDHA facebook, newsletter, twitter accounts and help us promote our events and trainings to expand our community! We’re seeking to develop our social media and outreach strategy and are eager to reach the broader public.

Interested? Email us at with “IDHA social media” as the subject line.

Are you an artist, graphic designer, website designer, videographer, filmmaker, photographer, illustrator, or a person with a professional background in the arts? We would love to have your support for our online training, video, and web-based tools.

Have something to contribute? Email us at

IDHA welcomes everyone to our programs and we value accessibility and equity. Our efforts are sustained by supporters like you who help to subsidize our programs for those in financial need, help keep the IDHA community growing, and contribute to continuing mental health innovation and education.

IDHA welcomes tax deductible financial contributions (under the fiscal umbrella of FJC).


Thank you for all the ways you contribute to our community!

If you didn’t see something on this list and have an idea of how to contribute, collaborate, and work together - send us an email! We’d love to hear from you!