A Creative Healing Project
Mend is our latest curated healing project and is exclusively dedicated to exploring themes related to experiences with mental health and mental illness. This project aims to:
1) Produce a digital and print magazine that centers individual and communal experiences with mental health through photography, creative writing, other visual art and candid interviews &
2) Facilitate a wellness festival and exhibition to:
highlight local mental and communal health and wellness resources
display submitted artwork to encourage communal reflection &
celebrate the artists who submit to Mend magazine
Mend invites participants to reflect on their personal and communal mental health and wellness by creating art that explores themes including (but not limited to):
Depression, Anxiety, other Mental Illnesses
Shame & Guilt
Identity & Perception
Insight & Perspective
We will regularly release prompts to inspire local artists to create and submit art for exhibition online and in-person at our wellness festival in a few months. Prompts are perfect for anyone looking to create art for Mend on their own time in the medium of their choosing.
Submit Your Own Prompt
We also invite Mend participants and local creatives to submit their own prompts for mutual action and collaboration using our new forum feature on the site. Become a site member and connect with other creatives, share prompts and ideas, and reflect on the project in a communal space online.
In-Person Creative Workshops
We are currently planning to expand our project to include in-person creative workshops as well, where locals can come together to work on artwork to submit to the magazine and exhibition with guided prompts. At these workshops, we will provide materials necessary to fulfill a visual art, musical or creative writing prompt.
Details about our upcoming creative workshops will be made available soon. If you are interested in sponsoring &/or hosting a workshop as an organization or featured artist, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find a current list of prompts here.
In order to streamline submissions, we ask that participants upload digital files directly to our website. In order to upload a file, participants must become site-members (which is completely free and allows us to better track multiple submissions). Becoming a site member also gives participants access to our forum.
Visual Art Submissions
Submissions can include original photography, videography & film, digital art & graphic design, illustration, painting, and sculpture.
Images of original art should be in .jpg or .png format, have high quality and resolution, and sized at at least 700 px on either side of the image.
Videos of original art should be in .mp4 or .mpg format and have high quality and resolution. Video and film submissions are likely too large of a file to upload to our site, and can be shared via email to email@example.com.
Submissions can also be made in-person at selected creative workshops. More details about exhibiting visual art at the wellness festival will be made available closer to the event date.
Submissions can include any form of original written or performed musical selection.
Lyrics should be uploaded in .doc or .docx format. We ask that participants do not submit work in .pdf format. If you have any concerns about how your work will be displayed, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musical selections should be in .mp3 or .mp4/.mpg format and have high quality and resolution. Video submissions are likely too large of a file to upload to our site, and can be shared via email to email@example.com.
More details about exhibiting musical selections at the wellness festival will be made available closer to the event date.
Creative Writing Submissions
Submissions can include any form of original creative writing, including poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, plays, short stories and dialogues.
Creative writing submissions should be uploaded in .doc or .docx format. We ask that participants do not submit work in .pdf format. If you have any concerns about how your creative writing work will be displayed, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions can also be made in-person at selected creative workshops. More details about exhibiting creative writing work at the wellness festival will be made available closer to the event date.