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.
The Icarus Project has long been associated with the Mad Pride movement, though individual members may or may not associate themselves with the word Mad, or feel any particular sense of pride in relation to experiences of what might be called madness. Organizationaly, The Icarus Project has edged away from the language of Mad Pride, in an effort to be inclusive of those who may not identify as Mad.
The website of The Icarus Project is roughly a decade old, has largely not been funded and has been the digital duct tape that has held the online community together in marvelous ways. A new web team has been hired to bring the site up to date with today's technological requirements. This is where we are at.