A large part of being Pitt’s Campus Women’s Organization is dedicating ourselves to all women. Queer women, Muslim women, deaf women, latin@ women, and queer muslim deaf latin@ women. We are responsible for amplifying their voices. There is no wrong way to be a woman, or express womanhood or femininity; still, it can often feel that way. Sometimes it’s as if women have to choose which parts of their identity get to be shown. One of those parts for many women is their mental illness. We live in a very ableist and neurotypical world that tends to either trivialize or romanticize mental illness; people will make up their own ideas and pass them along for truth instead of listening to the people speaking on their own very real experiences.
The purpose of saying all this is that we wanted to share about a very wonderful opportunity. CWO was recently invited to participate in Stories Untold, a mental health awareness initiative to hold an art exhibit at Pitt. Their aim is to break the stigma surrounding mental illness through art; through storytelling. You’ve two options: participate. Submit art for display. You don’t have to be a professional artist. You don’t even have to reveal your identity. Tell your story about stress, anxiety, depression with visual art, writing, music, and/or film. Use this as an outlet to tell your story, and be heard for once. Or you can support. Attend and listen. We don’t know who you are reading this, but you can make the difference. Do something. Support women, express yourself. Do something.
Should you choose to enter, please fill out this form about your submission here: http://goo.gl/forms/eApBicPG5O.
The deadline for submissions is September 5, 2015. The gallery will take place in the William Pitt Union CM Kimbo Gallery and other locations around campus (to be decided) in October 2015. Pitt Talk About It, Active Minds, the University Counseling Center, and the University Honors College are collaborating to make this exhibition possible.