What's Left: Lives Touched by Suicide

Creating a proactive dialogue about suicide and mental health.

What's Left: Lives Touched by Suicide is a traveling multimedia exhibit designed to create a proactive community dialogue about suicide and mental illness with a goal of reducing the stigma surrounding them. It opened at MacRostie Art Center in September 2015 and with the support numerous foundations and individual donors it began touring across Minnesota in January 2016. Since then it has been to art centers, community centers, and schools in Rochester, Coleraine, Duluth, Hibbing, Red Lake, Bemidji, and Bigfork. The project was fully funded through 2016, and has received an Arts Tour grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to continue touring in 2017-2018. However, the project is scheduled to tour to five more communities before the grant funds become available in June 2017. We're asking for contributions to help support this important project as it continues to tackle the stigma surrounding suicide and mental illness. 

Your donation today will directly support the touring costs of the What's Left exhibit and bring its message of hope and healing to communities across Minnesota. 

About the Exhibit

Suicide and mental illness are major health problems that affect everyone.  The topic is often viewed as taboo, and family members left behind can feel stigmatized and unable to talk openly about their experience and grief.  What’s Left provides a space for participating artists and the broader community to reflect on the impact of suicide and mental illness and explore the use of artistic expression in the process of grieving, healing, and expressing hope.  

What's Left includes artwork by over 45 of Minnesota’s finest artists in mediums including painting, poetry, sculpture, graffiti, glass, woodworking, photography, and more.  Audience members also have the chance to experience an interactive audio installation of stories from survivors and write their own responses to the exhibit. 

The exhibit has made a tremendous impact in every community it visits.

"What a strong message. Mental illness is serious and needs to be talked about. Thank you for sharing this exhibit." 

"This is the most meaningful exhibit I have ever seen." 

"I was in the gallery when the Social Studies teacher brought his high school class in to see the show.  After he talked to the students about the graffiti piece "Stigma", one of the girls said just the right thing,"This has got to stop!"  Most of the kids stood in line to listen in the phone booth and even asked if they could come in after school." 

"[I realized] that I’m not alone. The phone booth really helped me. I’ve walked by a few times, but today I stopped because I can relate to it."

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