Citizens, students and local leaders join artists to examine the stigma and silence
surrounding mental illness and assess its impact on our youth

Proudly sponsored by the Issaquah Schools Foundation and artEAST

We are thrilled to announce the Issaquah Schools Foundation Healthy Youth Initiative and artEAST are teaming up to present an art and social change exhibit to de-stigmatize mental illness and support our Issaquah community with The Incredible Intensity of Just Being HumanPacific Northwest artists shed light on the effect mental illness has on individuals, loved ones and our society.  Through community engagement, this exhibit creates a space where prejudices and fears meet compassion and humanity, to eliminate the shame and stigma of mental illness.

The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human is provocative and designed to explore the stigma of mental illness with a focus on supporting Issaquah’s youth community. By talking about mental illness, we reduce the shame surrounding it, and create a space where prejudices and fears meet compassion and humanity.

The fourteen-week progressive art exhibit and programs run from Monday, April 18th through July 11th in three Issaquah locations: artEAST, Swedish Medical Center and Blakely Hall.  Because the arts are particularly powerful at bringing people together and inspiring dialog in an accessible way, the exhibits will serve as a focal point for additional activities located at schools and within the community. All are encouraged to attend opening receptions and upcoming events.

Upcoming Events include:

March 31st: Understanding the Language of Suicidal Youth
April 18
th/20th: Isolation as a primary corollary of mental illness
April 22
nd, 6 – 8 pm: Soft opening, Blakely Hall Community Center
April 29
th, 6 – 9 pm: Keynote Address, Issaquah Senior Center (75 Creek Way) followed by the artist reception at artEAST (95 Front Street)

Please CLICK HERE to download a full schedule of exhibit programming

For a preview of the artwork and more information, please visit The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human.