Monthly Archives: November 2017

#12: Painted Brain — Let’s Bridge Communities

illustration by Larry Rozner

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On this episode Will Sherwin talked with contributors of Painted BrainKazuki Takizawa, James Giaquinto, Tristan Scremin, Naomi Barrett, and Angela Tuckerman.  Painted Brain is a Los Angeles-based organization that creates lasting community-based solutions to mental health challenges and the impact of social injustice through arts, advocacy, and enterprise.


We discuss Painted Brain‘s history, personal stories of navigating mental health systems, principles and practices of making a “cool place to hangout”, and lots more.


Painted Brain‘s new headquarters is located at 5980 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90035.


Visit their website at


(L to R) James, Will, Angela, Tristan, Kazuki, (Naomi left early)


Show links:


[28:30] “My Brain” by Morphine


[57:30] “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” (Cheers TV Theme Song)


[1:17:22] “I Do Myself” by The Evens


Glossary of acronyms used in the episode:
DMH — Department of Mental Health
MSW — Master’s of Social Work
OT — Occupational Therapy
VA — Veteran Affairs
YBCA — Yerba Buena Center for the Arts