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Nothing About Us, Without Us
TAKE ACTION None Of Us Are Well Until All Of Us Are Well
TAKE ACTION May Mental Health Awareness Month

WE RISE 2021

WE RISE encourages wellbeing and healing through art, connection, community engagement and creative expression. Taking place during May: Mental Health Awareness Month, WE RISE includes Art Rise, a series of 21 art experiences; Community Pop-Ups, hyperlocal activities across Los Angeles County neighborhoods; and a robust Digital Experience, offering original programs that can be enjoyed from anywhere. All installations and activities are meant to be viewed from a distance individually or in small groups, in order to remain COVID-safe while fostering community connection and collective healing.

An initiative of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, WE RISE 2021 is needed now more than ever as the region emerges from the isolation of the global pandemic and continues to grapple with related stressors and racial injustice. This is our opportunity to rise together.

 

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Special Thanks to our Sponsors

Community Pop-Ups

Created by Community for Community, WE RISE Community Pop-Ups are taking place across Los Angeles County neighborhoods. Over 50+ community groups, artists, grassroots leaders, healers have collaborated to create experiences that are as diverse as the neighborhoods they represent.

 

Art Rise

Art Rise is a series of  21 art experiences that use the power of art toward collective wellbeing, health and connectedness. Located across five Los Angeles neighborhoods and created in collaboration with leading museums, cultural institutions and artists.

Digital Experience

The WE RISE Digital Experience makes ArtRise and Community PopUp available digitally and includes exciting virtual events to foster connection, healing and wellbeing through a range of activities and experiences, including poetry, yoga, dance and interactive workshops.

Community Pop-Ups

Created by Community for Community, WE RISE Community Pop-Ups are taking place across Los Angeles County neighborhoods. Over 50+ community groups, artists, grassroots leaders, healers have collaborated to create experiences that are as diverse as the neighborhoods they represent.

Art Rise

Art Rise is a series of more than 15 art installations in and around Downtown Los Angeles created in collaboration with museums, cultural institutions and artists to use the power of art toward collective wellbeing, health and connectedness.

Digital Experience

The WE RISE Digital Experience includes exciting virtual events to foster connection, healing and wellbeing through a range of activities and experiences, including poetry, yoga, dance and interactive workshops.

GET LIT Poetry Contest

Calling all artists, storytellers, and poets interested in reducing mental health stigma! It’s your chance to speak your truth and be recognized!

Love Letters in Light

Join a public art project this May to offer messages of hope, heartbreak, resilience and love in partnership with WE RISE and LA County Library.

Events

15May

Drag Queen Story Hour

10:00 am - 11:00 amVirtual
15May

Mental Health & the AAPI Community

7:00 pm - 8:00 pmVirtual

LA County Partners

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

For mental health support and resources 24/7, call 800-854-7771 or visit dmh.lacounty.gov/resources
Headspace subscription free to LA County residents at headspace.com/lacounty

Contact us: info@werise.la

WE RISE is the annual Mental Health Awareness Month initiative of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s ongoing WHY WE RISE campaign, funded by sponsorships and Prop 63.

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WE RISE honors the profound contribution of Tongva Elder and WE RISE artist Julia Bogany who passed away March 28, 2021 in Los Angeles. We uplift her voice as an incredible leader who used arts and culture to educate, elevate and build community.

“We, the Indigenous People, the Traditional Caretakers of this landscape are the direct descendants of the First People who formed our lands, our worlds during creation time. We have always been here. Our Ancestors prepared and became the landscapes and worlds for the coming of humans with order, knowledge and gifts embedded in the landscape. Our Ancestors imbued us, who now live here, with the responsibility and obligations of our original instructions as told to us in our creation stories. We are guided by protocol and etiquette to be part of, take care of, and ensure the welfare of the NATURE, the extended family and community defined in its most inclusive expression. We pass those teachings and responsibilities onto our children, grandchildren and many generations to come.”

- Julia Bogany. October, 2020.

https://ifrglobal.org/land-acknowledgment/

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