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FEAST: Mental Health & Community Wellbeing

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FEAST is a community dinner, at which attendees pay to join a catered reception, and a portion of that payment is set aside as a prize. While attendees eat, mingle, and imbibe, different artists showcase their work and explain their proposed public art project. After the presenters are finished, attendees vote on which project they wish to award the prize to. It’s win-win-win: Attendees enjoy a meal with friends, one artist (or group of artists) is awarded funding to put towards a public art project, and all presenters gain exposure and a rare networking opportunity. The September 19th FEAST is being held in partnership with Mental Health America of Hawaii (MHAH) to support community well-being and mental health. The topic of mental health is getting more attention than ever with people coming forward in the media to talk about their mental health and with younger generations playing a large role in normalizing the topic. Unfortunately, rates of mental health issues in youth are climbing and 66% of adults in Hawaii who need mental health treatment are not getting it. Stigma around mental health plays a big role in keeping people from seeking help. Public art and creative advocacy efforts can be powerful tools to create a more open dialogue surrounding mental health, and support well-being. Breaking down the myths and stigma surrounding mental health is an ongoing effort MHAH is engaged in, and FEAST is excited to be part of this cause.

Earlier Event: September 18
The Acting Studio
Later Event: September 20
Arts Corps