Artists from New Mexico, artists from the United States, I need your help.
It has been almost two years since the pandemic was declared ravaging our country and the world. Stress in the United States is at an all time high.
My children in their early 40s were terrified for their lives and their livelihoods. Fortunately, they’ve landed on their feet for the time being. But I worry about my 16, 15, 14 and 12 year old grandchildren because they are at that tender age where they still believe adults have all the answers.
Unionized state, nation and world media have shown our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren far too much of the darkness the world has to offer. The American Psychological Associations’ 2020 survey confirmed that “our mental health is suffering.”
American Psychological Associations CEO Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD said, “This aggravating stress will have serious consequences for health and society if we do not act now to reduce it. We are already seeing this with some of the youngest members of our nation. . . showing signs of serious mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety.
Those of us who feel this deeply have prayed for guidance. A few weeks ago I received mine.
One of the solutions Evans recommended was to create safe new opportunities to connect with family, culture and community. These links are fundamental for the development and well-being of young people.
What could be better than through art?
The theme of the project is “It’s time to reunite”. We equal both the people and the nation.
I ask artists to come together and create beautiful transformational works of art to show our young people (middle and old like me too) that although there are a lot of gray clouds in the world today , there is still light.
CAPPED, Inc., a 21-year-old nonprofit organization founded in Alamogordo has broadened its vision to include stress reduction programs and services for people living in southern New Mexico. To fund this initiative, he created 60cm by 90cm hardwood canvases cut into the silhouettes of the continental United States. Fifty paintings have been created and we are recruiting inspired artists to volunteer and share their artistic light.
The “Re-Unite Us” project has a dual objective. First, the artists of “Re-Unite US” will produce transformational works of art on American shaped canvases. These beautiful, unique masterpieces will focus on “what is right in America”.
Each piece will help remind ‘us’ that although our worlds are turbulent, by staying positive and seeking out the bright spots each day, we become resilient. By sharing our best times, we will bless ourselves and others. The second goal is to raise funds for much needed stress reduction programs and support services. The CAPPED Angel Fund will benefit from sales of artist clocks “Re-Unite US” and provide programs and services through the Center for Integrative Well-Being (CCIW) of CAPPED. Many of the comfort modalities offered by CAPPED CCIW have proven to be very useful for people with depression, anxiety, PTSD and grief.
The clocks turn metaphorically. Interested artists are encouraged to find out more about this epic art project via the artist registration form at www.capped.org. Recruitment of artists began September 5 and canvas pickup began September 8 at the CAPPED building, 907 New York Ave., Alamogordo, NM 88310. For more information, call 575-434-4673 or email an email to [email protected]
We would like all the canvases to be returned to the CAPPED building by October 20, but we could grant a few days of grace for those in need. CAPPED volunteers will need time to install the atomic clock shapes in each clock and photograph each piece for the website and auction before displaying it in Patron’s Hall. We ask each artist to submit a 100 word biography and portrait style photograph which we will combine, laminate and permanently attach to the back of their masterpiece. To give more recognition to our artist, we will be filming short videos as artists bring in their works to learn more about each artist and their works. These will again be used for the online auction and for online publication. Biographies should include your name, the name of your masterpiece, and what you want the world to know about you and what inspired your masterpiece.
The artist’s lock auction is expected to start the auction on November 5 at noon. On November 8, a public exhibit will open at Patron’s Hall at Flickinger Center, 1110 N. New York Ave., Alamogordo, NM
On November 20, the artist’s clock auction will begin closing at 6 p.m. MST and the clocks will close at intervals of three to eight minutes.
Bidders will be notified of their winning immediately after auction closes.
Nested objectives of the Re-Unite US Clock project
- Help children of all ages by pouring peace, beauty and light into a troubled world.
- Raise dollars for stress reduction programs and support services.
- Demonstrate the healing power of positive art.
- Spotlight on wonderful, generous artists.