In 2017, a group of people (myself included) came together to create a non profit called Rise Up Central Wisconsin. More information can be found at www.riseupart.org.
Here's a video from the first mural project through Rise UP working with Aspirus Hospital.
In 2021, a group of people (myself included) came together to create an experiential art show to help our community with the after effects of the pandemic. More can be found on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Moving-Experience-103527841823436/
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THE MOVING EXPERIENCE
A JOURNEY THROUGH EMOTIONS TOWARDS HOPE
May 13th through 16th 2021 at Thrive Church, 400 Grand Ave, Wausau, WI
The COVID pandemic has hit the world hard, with immense health-related and economic impacts. Due to this, there has been a significant, under-addressed mental health crisis brought on secondary to the social isolation, shock, fear, and loss of normalcy. The political divide in our country has only made this crisis worse, stoking distrust and fear. Health experts say that the COVID related mental health crisis is the biggest threat to mental health since World War II and the effects of this mental health crisis are likely to continue even after widespread vaccination and effective control of the virus.
We all have experienced loss. This may be loss of loved ones to the disease, loss of friendships due to disagreements in political views, loss of jobs, etc. Many are also dealing with the challenges of home schooling and separation from loved ones. This crisis has affected us all, from frontline workers and essential workers to those who work from home, from young to old. We have all been through immense stress and mental health strain in our own ways.
The love we show each other remains the most powerful force to overcome this great challenge of our times. As a community we can and must rise up to this occasion. What if we can lend a helping hand and be a voice of encouragement and hope to all that are hurting?
THE MOVING EXPERIENCE is a collaborative effort of Thrive church, leading community artists, expert musicians, and experienced mental health professionals. We have come together to help the community address this mental health crisis. Our vision is to provide an experience that will help the exhibit attendee recognize and acknowledge their emotions through the power of art and music. This experiential art exhibit will allow one to journey from the shock associated with loss of normalcy, through grief, anger, towards acceptance, purpose and hope. Mental health tips will be incorporated in the exhibits to empower the attendee to learn to process their emotions in a healthy and productive way.
Community mental health support services will have booths at the event to connect with attendees and provide them with helpful handouts, hotline information and other resources. Please consider partnering with us in this noble cause. May our sense of duty to our community unite us in a fervent zeal to arise, awaken, heal, and comfort those hurting amongst us.
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