“There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question . . . All the rest – whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories – comes afterwards. These are games; one must first answer.” – Albert Camus
It’s my privilege to serve on the board for YouSpoke.org, and I’m passing along the press release for their upcoming event happening THIS SUNDAY – March 4th, 2012:
Y O U S P O K E . O R G
YOUSPOKE.ORG PRESENTS “NOT ALONE,” A DANCE AND ART SHOW THAT
ENCOURAGES A POSITIVE DISCUSSION ABOUT SUICIDE AWARENESS.
CHICAGO, Illinois — March 2, 2012
Join YouSpoke.org, a nonprofit that creates artistic opportunities for people affected by suicide, on Sunday, March 4th at the Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park) for a night of art and movement. Featuring work from 53 dancers, artists, beat poets, singers, writers, videographers, and a quilter, all addressing the topic of suicide, this event, entitled “Not Alone–a physical expression of inner turmoil and the courage to heal,” gives a voice to those affected by offering a safe, comfortable environment to share their story.
Stefanie Cary, founder of YouSpoke, lost her father to suicide one semester before she was scheduled to graduate college in 2006. In the process of her healing, she realized how her father masked his struggles with depression and anxiety disorders, even though he found them debilitating. This inspired Stefanie to start YouSpoke.org in 2009, in an effort to provide people with the creative outlet her father didn’t have.
Through performance, art collectives, public speaking and more, YouSpoke begins a positive discussion about suicide awareness that aims to better understand those who struggle, those who are left behind, and those we lose to suicide. At “Not Alone,” the organization will present its proudest projects yet, including a wall-sized technicolor wall tarp, a full-length dance show, and a decorate-yourself quilt that has been in the works since 2009.
Watch YouSpoke’s Black Tape Promo Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puoEAZu-YyU&feature=channel
To find out more about “Not Alone” visit: www.giveforward.com/youspoke
To purchase your $25 tickets visit: www.youspoke.eventbrite.com
“With expression through the arts we teach, we heal, we save, because YouSpoke.”