Our annual Storytellers event inspires conversations of acceptance, understanding, and hope. Our Storytellers are poets, chefs, dancers, visual artists, puppeteers, musicians, advocates, neuroscientists, just to name a few. We believe in the power of storytelling to build community and make the world a healthier place.
Some of our Storytellers use art to share their stories. Like Marlena who uses photography, painting, and drawing, to cope with her anxiety and depression. Or Devin, a young autistic artist, who surpassed all expectations to not only speak; but move the world around him through his art.
Devin Wildes, joined by his mother A.J. Paron-Wildes, after sharing his art on the Storytellers stage.
Or maybe you would connect better to Sokeo, a Cambodian refugee, who is the Director of a hip-hop troupe called Case Closed! He also works with students in middle schools to help them cope and understand their trauma in collaboration with the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS).
Combining storytelling and movement, Sokeo shares how the arts transformed his life.
If music brings you peace of mind, then you’d enjoy listening to Dani Shay as they share their story and get you to join in a sing-along to the acoustic songs “I Will,” “Chasing Madness,” and “A Child’s Song.” You can also relax to the classic melodies of award-winning composer, producer, cellist, creative innovator, and mental health speaker, Philip Sheppard, as he shares a breathtaking performance in tribute to Jeremy Richman.
Dani Shay shares their story through music.
If you’re more of a spoken word kind of person, you’ll connect with mental health advocate and wordsmith Steve Gross, as he performs a poem about mental illness that reminds us of the power of optimism and creativity.
Steve Gross performs a poem with lines that, while funny and tongue-in-cheek, are both thought provoking and eye opening.
Or you just connect with the story itself. Samantha, a DREAMer and self-taught, Emmy award winning filmmaker and activist, shares her story of growing up undocumented in the United States and reminds us of the power and importance of self-love.
Samantha Ramirez-Herrera uses photographs of her family to help tell her story, and shines light on the complexities of her experience growing up.
Stories have power.
We bring together leaders and newcomers to share their mental health stories and celebrate the work they are doing to help create peace of mind in the world.
Dive in and watch the full collection of Storytellers over the past 7 years. Be moved. Be inspired. Be transformed.
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