Flowers Field
Community Event

VITAL Health: 'Crisis Materials'

Join VITAL Health for a live performances of 'Crisis Materials' at Dix Park.

'Crisis Materials' is a movement and spoken word piece that unpacks how COVID-19 and the social unrest in our nation has affected our collective mental health. It also sheds light on the history of the land at park, specifically the Dix Hospital Cemetery.

Featuring an original poem by Johnny Lee Chapman, III and original movement by Anthony Otto Nelson, Jr., 'Crisis Materials' performances are also a means of recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month, a national movement to raise awareness about mental health.

Event includes a guided walk through the cemetery;  the live performance and a talk back discussion with panelists.

Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Location: Flowers Field at Dix Park

Tickets: Free tickets are limited and required.


Since 2019, the community-based initiative VITAL Health has engaged the public about mental health at this critical time around the world. Created by Artist Stacey L. Kirby and Curator Michael S. Williams, the art-making workshops, interactive performances and art installations have addressed the state of mental health across North Carolina.

Support for the VITAL Health project and this performance provided by Dix Park Conservancy donors.


COVID-19 Safety Update

  • Visitors are encouraged to wear masks indoors.
  • Please stay home if you are sick! 
  • Visit Raleigh Parks COVID-19 page for the latest information and guidance.


Dorothea Dix Park continues to strive to be accessible and welcoming for visitors, including those with disabilities. Currently, portions of Dorothea Dix Park, including some outdoor areas where programs and events occur, have uneven surfaces and are not fully accessible. Accessibility is a primary focus for early park improvements and all future planning and development.

Parking: Accessible parking spaces are available in all lots.

Restrooms: Indoor accessible restrooms are available in the Chapel. Accessible port-a-johns are located at the Big Field and Flowers Field.  

Programs and events: Raleigh Parks Inclusion Services works with community members to support participation. To request a program modification based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please complete and submit the Accommodation Request Form or contact Inclusion Services staff at 919-996-2147 or


Contact Dix Park Staff at 919-996-3255 or