[don’t reblog this post! there will be more Official-Type Announcements happening maybe next week. this is more just “i know people who might care about this and we need to get the project off the ground before letting the world know.]
OKAY HELLO FRIENDS HERE IS POST ABOUT THAT THING I’M DOING. IF YOU ARE AN ART PERSON MAYBE READ??
so this came out of a bunch of conversations i had with my bosses + a blog post i wrote about the relationship between creative work and mental illness—how the act of making art is an important cathartic experience for many people, and how the artwork itself can be instrumental in fighting stigma, building empathy, and connecting individuals who feel alone in their experiences with others who can understand.
we came up with the idea of doing an online gallery/community/portal for all things related to creativity and recovery in all their forms. the main feature, starting out, is going to be a gallery of artwork, writing, etc, that has been somehow influenced by the artists’ struggles with mental illness, substance addiction, trauma, and the like, along with short “artist’s statements” explaining that connection. the goal is to promote artists who have faced these problems and/or whose work increases their social visibility, and also to foster conversation/connection between people this project may speak to.
this addiction/mental health treatment center my company does a lot of work for has a philosophy of treating its clients (they specialize in working with young adults) as individuals in control of their own lives, and uses a holistic model of therapy and life-skills-training to help these kids not only overcome their immediate struggles, but also build confidence and competence that will help their lives become more stable.
so this campaign is being run under their name as kind of an affirmation of their values and a way to be involved in the community. but we really need to know if this is a thing people are going to connect to and care about, and i’m really really scared, SO THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN.
so basically: if this project applies to you and you’re comfortable having any art/writing/etc you’ve done + a short writeup of the story behind it published on this site, that would be amazing and i’ll love you forever etc etc. you don’t have to include your name or any identifying information, but for people who are looking to get some name recognition, promote their blog/website/book/whatever, this is a good way to do that. there’s most likely going to be a huge publicity push for this project (and i have a lot of future plans for expanding it/doing different stuff/etc) so there’s the potential for a lot of page hits and public attention.
YOU CAN SUBMIT STUFF ON THIS WEBSITE I MADE (though it’s not 100% done; there are still some issues i’m working on) OR YOU CAN JUST GET IN TOUCH WITH ME SOMEHOW. I MEAN YOU’RE MY FRIENDS YOU KNOW HOW TO DO THAT.