Recovery Art Festival

Register for the 2018 FOR-NY Recovery Art Festival and Awards Program

The FOR-NY Recovery Art Festival, first held in 2003, provides budding artists in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs with an opportunity to express themselves through a variety of mediums including photography, watercolor, pencil, oil/pastel, mixed media, pen & ink, acrylic, traditional poetry (English & Spanish) and hip hop (English & Spanish).

The date for submission of art has been extended! Entries for the FOR-NY 2018 Recovery Arts Festival will be accepted through June 20th.  This year’s theme is “Recovery is Real. Attainable. Sustainable. Powerful.” We know it is; and we can’t wait to see how our friends in recovery use their creativity and imagination to make art that expresses this truth for all to see!

All entries will be exhibited at the Empire State Plaza in Albany from July 9-20th and winning entries in each category will be displayed at the NYS Recovery Conference. Winning artists will be recognized at an awards program held on the opening night of the conference.

Download the Art Festival Consent Form 2018

Download the Art Entry Form 2018

Questions? Email FOR-NY’s Recovery Arts Festival Coordinator, Michelle Cleary at


2017 Awardees

See more photos from the 2017 Arts Festival on the FOR-NY Facebook Page

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life.” Pablo Picasso


View Our 2016 Winners   View Photos From the Awards Ceremony

Watch Our Video Featuring Many of the 2016 Entries.

“Art is a wound turned into light.” Georges Braque

Recovery Fine Arts Festival

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“The medical profession has come a long way in recognizing the healing benefits of art. My hope is that someday the arts will be considered as significant in everyone’s lives as breathing fresh air, eating clean foods, and performing physical exercise.” Renée Phillips