Hello friends and family,
As you may or may not know, I have suffered from mental illness to varying degrees throughout my life. At times, it has left me unable to do anything, even get out of bed. When I was at my lowest, one thing that helped get me up and eventually out was photography. From my personal darkness, I started an online photography gallery for people living with or affected by mental illness to have a safe and supportive space to share their photos and stories. The site, www.BrokenLightCollective.com, has grown to over 10,600 followers/contributors from over 150 countries! Now, I am thrilled to announce that we are taking it to the next level…
Announcement 1: Broken Light Collective is now a non-profit organization!
Please check out this 3 minute video that I created with my amazingly talented editor/husband using hundreds of photos by people affected by mental illness! It offers a quick but powerful peek into the world of Broken Light Collective…
What now? We need your help to get our non-profit off the ground! Please share this inspiring video link on social media and with anyone you know who may be struggling and feeling alone, as well as anyone who might be interested in making a donation!
Your donations will help us:
- Provide a supportive online community and gallery exhibiting photographic work exclusively by persons affected by mental health challenges
- Produce live exhibition opportunities around the world
- Build confidence through art sales and positive feedback
- Create low-cost and free therapeutic photography workshops and groups
- Raise awareness and fight stigma associated with mental health conditions
Announcement 2: Broken Light Collective’s first live exhibit is opening in just a few weeks in NYC!
“FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT: Photography by Broken Light Collective” is going to be a seven-week exhibit at the amazing non-profit Fountain Gallery in NYC (48th and 9th). I curated the show and can tell you that the talent is off the charts!
The opening reception will be held on June 26th from 6-8 pm. Art sales will benefit Fountain Gallery/Fountain House, Broken Light Collective, and the talented artists. I would love to see you there!
We need your help… By making a donation, you can truly make a difference in the lives of people living with mental illness, as well as their family and friends, since it affects everyone. Please visit www.BrokenLightCollective.com and click on the “donate” tab, or visit this link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8JTDP6E4TVPHS Any amount you feel comfortable giving is deeply appreciated! Every dollar counts! There’s a new “press” tab on the site with some interviews I have done on mental illness and photography, in case you would like to learn more.
With your support, we can make a positive impact on the lives of people suffering from mental illness around the world, while fighting stigma and raising awareness.
Love & light,
Broken Light Collective, Inc. is a non-profit organization incorporated in NJ, currently waiting on our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Donations are appreciated. Please note: donations are not tax-deductible at this time, HOWEVER, as soon as our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status comes through, all donations after February 21, 2014 will be retroactively exempt. Broken Light Collective will notify you as soon as it comes through, which should be well before the next tax season. If you have any questions please feel free to ask us or your tax advisor.
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Danielle Hark, Wellness Writer / Photographer / Certified Life Coach
Founder of Broken Light Collective, the non-profit organization empowering people living with or affected by mental illness using photography