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Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human

Students present their artwork examinning feelings of social isolation.In Spring 2016, Issaquah Schools Foundation Healthy Youth Initiative and artEAST teamed up to present an art and social change exhibit to de-stigmatize mental illness and support the Issaquah community. The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human explored the stigma of mental illness with a focus on supporting Issaquah's youth. The project engaged Pacific Northwest artists to shed light on the effects of mental illness on individuals, loved ones and our society.  Through community engagement, the exhibit created a space where prejudices and fears met compassion and humanity, to eliminate the shame and stigma of mental illness.

The fourteen-week progressive art exhibit ran in the spring of 2016 in three Issaquah locations: artEAST, Swedish Medical Center and Blakely Hall.  Because the arts have the power to bring people together and inspire dialog in an accessible way, the exhibit served as a focal point for additional activities located at schools and within the community. 

To view the artwork, please visit The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human.

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