MY STORY & THE IMPACT
My Indiegogo project is the planning and execution of a gallery-like ART EXHIBITION to take place at the National Narcolepsy Conference in Atlanta this October. It will be a place for people with narcolepsy to share what it is like to live in the realm between wakefulness and dreams through artwork and writings. It will bring understanding and a renewed sense of belonging to all conference participants. It will change lives.
Through my volunteer work on the Narcolepsy Network Board of Trustees, I found many people with narcolepsy to be extremely creative and artistic, especially when communicating information about their disorder and their lives.
There can be a therapeutic use of art making by people who experience illness, trauma, or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal development. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others; cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.
The ART EXHIBITION PROJECT will be executed by N[ART]: narcolepsy art, a free-spirited effort that strengthens social support and connection among those with narcolepsy through shared experience while also encouraging sleep advocacy and expanding awareness to the general public. We will be filing for 501(c)3 status before the end of the year. More information about N[ART]: narcolepsy art is available at http://www.facebook.com/narcolepsyart OR http://www.narcolepsyart.org.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Narcolepsy is a disorder that blurs the lines between sllep and wakefulness casued by malfunctions in the brain that induce normal sleep. Therefore, understanding and curing this disorder will enevitably advance our understanding of normal sleep and wakefulness. Currently, there is not a cure for narcolepsy and although we spend 1/3 of our lives asleep, how sleep is generated is sitll one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of science.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING A LOOK!
laura j. evert, artist + person with narcolepsy
columbus, ohio usa