$3,225.00

Raised of $2,520 goal.


128%

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This campaign ended on Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015

A big thanks to all of our donors who helped us raise 128% of our goal! With the scholarship funds raised, we are able to provide the opportunity for twelve participants to be a part of our workshops at no cost to them. If you would still like to contribute to the scholarship fund, gifts can now be made here: http://asufoundation.org/hwom



The Problem with Stigma
Mental illness touches the lives of everyone. Statistically you or someone you know will deal with mental health issues at some point in your life. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 4 adults experience mental illness in a given year; and approximately 2/3 of adults with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment. Stigma causes many individuals living with mental health conditions to experience fear, shame, and isolation. Many avoid seeking adequate treatment because they are afraid others will find out about their condition. 

Our Solution
Honest Words, Open Minds creates space for a unique form of dialogue because it is both creative and embodied, using the magic of theatre, creative movement, and the imagination to provide a platform for the voices of those who have been silenced by the stigma of mental illness.  In collaboration with professional artists, individuals with mental health conditions participate in a series of drama workshops in which storytelling, improvisation, and creative movement are used to explore issues relevant to their lives. When you donate to Honest Words, Open Minds you provide the opportunity for twelve participants to be a part of our workshops at no cost to them.

Why We Care 
We believe that the Phoenix community would benefit from a space where people living with mental illness can “tell it like it is” and combat stigma. This project is close to the hearts of each team member who makes up Honest Words, Open Minds. Each of us has been affected by mental illness in some way or another. In addition, we have witnessed the transformative experience that socially engaged theatre can have with groups in the community. As teaching artists and arts administrators, it is our desire to provide a space for dialogue about the realities of mental illness and put an end to stigma.

Your donation to Honest Words, Open Minds could provide the opportunity for twelve participants to be a part of our program at no cost to them. Please donate today.


If you have any questions and would like to contact us, please visit our website at http://www.honestwordsopenminds.com

Program Completion 

  Published on Sunday, Jun. 14, 2015 at 08:30 PM (MST)
Honest Words, Open Minds has completed its first two pilot programs with the Youth Development Institute (YDI) and Stand Together and Recover (STAR). It was a rewarding experience for both the teaching artists and I to be able to work with such amazing participants. The boys at YDI grew tremendously over the course of the six week program. They really threw themselves into the improv activities and gained creative confidence. Even the staff members at YDI were blown away by the boys level of engagement. They also enjoyed the special Playback Theatre performance by our guest artist company Essential Theatre.

The adult members at the STAR Mesa location had fun and connected with each other on a deeper level. In addition to practicing basic theatre skills, we explored complex and pertinent issues related to stigma and recovery. I want to thank everyone who contributed and helped spread the word because, without your support we could not have made this happen. Honest Words, Open Minds is expanding program development and plans on implementing more workshops in the fall. 




2 Days Left 

  Published on Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2015 at 03:16 AM (MST)

There are only 2 days left in our campaign and we have raised over 75% of our fundraising goal. I would like to thank all of the donors who made this possible. We could not have done it without your support!



Sample workshop a success! 

  Published on Thursday, Apr. 9, 2015 at 12:05 AM (MST)
We completed our first test run workshop with S.T.A.R. yesterday! One participant stated that he felt a deeper sense of connection with his peers after engaging in the theatre games.


 

Honest Words, Open Minds new update 

  Published on Saturday, Mar. 28, 2015 at 11:29 PM (MST)
We have reached 30% of our fundraising goal of $2,520. Thank you to those who have supported the campaign by donating and/or spreading the word. In addition, we have secured partnerships with two local non-profit organizations- the Youth Development Institute and Stand Together and Recover (S.T.A.R.). 

Remember, with your charitable contribution you could provide the opportunity for participants to be a part of our workshops at no cost to them. Please donate and continue spreading the word about this great cause.







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Rebecca Heitkamp

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Judy Carpenter

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Haley Honeman

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Delane Schiller

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Mark Sanders

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Linda Essig

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Elizabeth Johnson

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Adero Allison

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Darci Cole

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Avivah Fluhr

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Nicholas Scrogham

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Stacy Holmstedt

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Clayton McDougall

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Tim Walsh

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Your contribution of $35 could be used to cover the costs of materials for twelve workshop participants for one workshop session.

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Your gift of $1,200 could help us provide participants with a Playback Theatre performance by special guest artist "Essential Theatre."