I will be publishing a "Final Thoughts" post soon that covers, you guessed it, my final thoughts! Until then, I wanted to share the project videos in one place, and share the survey information I collected during the main exhibit of What Mental Illness Feels Like—Images & Stories. One of the goals of the exhibit was to increase understanding of mental illness, and this project has done that!
This blog post is also a link for the granting agency as part of my final report to them. A big thank you to Central Minnesota Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation who made some of this project possible.
Mental Illness Project Increases understanding and empathy
Based on 32 completed surveys during the month of May while What Mental Illness Feels Like—Images & Stories was on display at Gallery St. Germain in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Overall, people's understanding and empathy increased after viewing the exhibit. Also, some of the attendees live with mental illness themselves or work in the mental health field, so their level of empathy and understanding was already at the highest level prior to seeing the exhibit. Because the survey was anonymous, I don't know the number of people attending who were already involved in some way with mental illness/health.
Level of Understanding about Mental Illness
Level of Empathy Towards People Living with Mental Illness
Project Videos and Photos
A video of the exhibit at Gallery St. Germain in St Cloud, Minnesota.
Creating Richard's visual analogy photograph
Photographing Jenny's visual analogy photograph
Behind the Scenes - Creating Portraits
Thanks for reading and viewing. Watch for my final thoughts on this project coming soon! (A hint, this project isn't over yet.)
Need to catch up on what this project is about?
The project: What Mental Illness Feels Like—Images & Stories