Hidden Truths Project is a program utilizing art as an educational tool to abolish barriers, misconstrued biases, and to educate our society the truths about epilepsy. Art becomes a universal language, allowing for a dynamic interlude to develop between the artist and the observer.
Take it from here... is a coloring book composed of selected works of art showcased at the 2nd annual Hidden Truths, the Mind Unraveled show at Susan Nelson Gallery in Newport Beach, California on October 5, 2013.
The coloring book, Take it from here... was designed as an educational tool for the general public and an inspirational force for those living with epilepsy, who are not artists. The art allows one to overcome the roadblocks in verbal communication to create a dialogue between the artist and observer, artist and physician, and artist and society as a whole. In this framework, the artwork becomes an inspirational force, a therapeutic or educational tool to express one’s personal experience with epilepsy or to create a deeper understanding for others of what it is like to live with epilepsy.
Take it from here... is a 50 page coloring book which includes the works of 22 artists with epilepsy. Those who purchase Take it From Here... have the opportunity to connect with the artist via social media to share their perception and experience in completing the image and post the completed pictures on Hidden Truths Facebook page. Volume I is geared towards teens and adults, although the stories told through the art can appeal to all.
The creator of Take it from here... Dr. Julie Thompson-Dobkin, says, “The journey from front to back of the coloring book will tell the stories of lives lived with epilepsy. In completing the book, the many hidden truths of epilepsy will be revealed.“
The beneficiary of the Project is Epilepsy Therapy Project, an initiative of the Epilepsy Foundation, in support of their ongoing work in translational research. Epilepsy Therapy Project was founded in 2002 by a group of parents, distinguished physicians, and researchers to support the acceleration of new therapies through direct grants and investments in promising academic and commercial projects.
The Epilepsy Foundation, a national nonprofit with affiliated organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against epilepsy since 1968. The Foundation's mission is to stop seizures and SUDEP, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies.
Together, ETP and EF have unparalleled reach and leadership through a nationwide supportive care network, broad-based public awareness, education and focus on accelerating the clinical development of innovative therapies for people with epilepsy.
To order your copy of Take it from here... , for $20 please contact Heidi Meireles at (714) 987-9975 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your support of Take it from here… helps Hidden Truths Project attain its goals of increasing societal awareness of epilepsy to abolish barriers and biases, and educate our society in the truths of epilepsy. A portion of the proceeds goes to Epilepsy Therapy Project’s support of translational research in epilepsy with a portion of proceeds returned to the artists.