“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” ~Pablo Picasso
Artworks for Hope is a project that uses the sunflower as a positive symbol of Hope helping to eliminate the stigma of depression around the world. You can shine your light of hope on depression by using various expressions of art to help raise awareness in your community.
1. Get involved by creating your own Artwork for Hope! Create a sculpture, paint, or express yourself through photography and share it with the world.
2. Start a conversation about maintaining a healthy brain and distribute our brochures to raise awareness. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for materials.
3. Share your stories of Hope with us at www.ifred.org.
Please, plant sunflowers, put up a photo exhibition, or create a sunflower sculpture. Be sure to include a placard to educate others about why and what you’re doing, along with resources stating where to get help. The more we work to educate people in a positive, and hopeful way, the better our chances of ending stigma.
Why the Sunflower?
- Sunflowers serve as a symbol of light and hope for the 350 million living with the treatable illness of depression.
- Sunflowers grow towards sunlight with their faces tracking the sun. We need those with depression to seek light instead of responding to the natural instinct of hiding in darkness during a depressive episode.
- iFred believes this symbol, if used similarly to the pink ribbon for breast cancer or red dress for heart disease, can serve as a much more hopeful and positive universal icon for depression survivors.