Cause and Affect
Project Onward has a distinct relationship to the events of 2020. The neurodiverse nature of our artist community greatly impacts their perceptions of and responses to national and global crises. Many of our artists naturally process and understand their thoughts and emotions through their artwork. This exhibit showcases their artistic responses to the many tumultuous recent events.
Cause is a reason for an action or condition, a catalyst for some form of change. In spring of 2020, fear, sickness, anger, doubt, hate, isolation, and loneliness reached a boiling point. Some political scholars and scientists have predicted these types of biological, economical, and societal catastrophes. However, no one could really understand the impact it would have on our daily lives. 2020 has been bad for some and worse for others. The visceral and emotional impacts have struck people from every nation. Notably, here in the United States the Covid-19 virus has swept through our nation like a tornado with no end. Civil unrest for marginalized people reached its peak in early summer when footage of police brutality was brought to the forefront of public attention. These casual displays of violence took us to a new level of fear for the unity of our nation.
Life as we know it will forever change. How we deal with it will be a true testament to who we are as individuals, as a nation, and as a global society.
Affect, as we express it in the exhibit, is both the emotional toll of recent global events and the commitment of our organization to making a difference.
Our artists have chosen to document and comment on both the extremity of what has passed this year and what they hope the rest of the year can bring. We can still question, hope, believe and fight for a more just, peaceful, and healing nation and world.
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Project Onward believes we can inspire change by using art to promote empathy and reduce the stigma of mental illness and developmental disabilities. We seek to improve the self-image of artists by emphasizing the social and economic value of their work.
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