Help us craft the powerful collective language we need for this transformative community project! For many years, members of The Icarus Project have been imagining and creating maps and roads to lead us on our journeys and ground us in the moment. We have called these tools “wellness maps” or “mad maps.” These are reminder documents we create for ourselves and the people around us about our wellness goals, warning signs, strategies for health, and who we trust to look out for our interests when we are struggling with our madness.
Hello dear Icaristas, I am reaching out to you all from Buenos Aires, Argentina and I am writing to ask you to consider donating art materials you don't need/don't use anymore so the fabulous arists at Frente de Artistas del Borda (FAB - Artists Front of Borda) can keep doing amazing creations, from inside the mental hospital ''Borda''. Borda has an estimate of 1,300 inmates (nobody knows the exact number).
From the sidewalk, standing at the door, a person cannot see the details of the work that is displayed there, or notice the how the pictures and drawings in the current show, Mad Cartographies: Wilderness of the Soul, are hung by hat pins and magnets set atop the heads of nails. The forms on paper and canvas, in wood and photo, aren't visible. The stories they tell are quiet from the streetview.
"I would like to learn more about the ways members are working individually and collectively to carve out creative spaces for thinking differently about mental health, some strengths and challenges engaging with groups (both on and off-line), and how your chapter discusses alternative ways to understand extreme mental states. I am also particularly interested in the role that technology plays in bringing groups together and providing a forum to express emotions and thoughts with others in your community." - E. Fletcher, Institute of Medical Humanities doctoral student
Parenthood can be a uniquely isolating experience under the best of circumstances, but for those of us from underrepresented groups within the dominant culture, parenthood can be fraught with, what often feels like, insurmountable difficulties. We would like to reach out to our community again for help in further defining what it is that mad parents and parents of mad children need to form solid communities of support and to gain skills to help each other navigate these often treacherous waters.