On May 13, 2017, What It’s Like Project is presenting its second event, VOXIS, a spoken word and music performance featuring performances by persons living with mental illness. Along with an eclectic mix of local poets and musicians, Neil Hilborn, one of Amazon’s best-selling poetry authors and College National Poetry Slam Champion, will be headlining the evening’s performances. Most well-known for his heart-wrenching 2013 viral poem, “OCD”, Neil has obvious ties to the mental health community, along with an extensive following. Neil’s revealing and straightforward poetry is delivered from the stage with intensity and promises to delight and confront attendees. Neil will also be on hand to sell and sign copies of his latest book, Our Numbered Days which is published and sold by Button Poetry.
Consistent with their previous visual arts event EXPOSIS, VOXIS will also provide community resources from several local organizations, including: The Walk for Mental Health Awareness - Houston, Mercy Street Church, Cougars in Recovery.
The Walk for Mental Health Awareness - Houston has been active since 2010 hosting a walk to raise awareness and funds for local mental health non-profit organizations and highlight resources for addressing mental health issues in Houston. It is an event where walk teams, exhibitors, sponsors, and volunteers choose to come together and help create a positive awareness of mental illness.
Mercy Street creates a safe harbor of hope and transformation, so all may experience the radical grace of God. Mercy Street seeks to extend a gift of Christian community to everyone, no matter what faith, religion, addiction, or experience.
Cougars in Recovery (CIR) is a University of Houston organization which provides students in recovery from addiction and co-occurring mental illnesses a safe and sober environment which assists and supports them as they pursue their academic and professional goals, walk the path of recovery, and participate in the diverse social opportunities available on campus.
What it’s Like Project (WiLP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to removing the stigma of mental illness through art, education and community engagement. WiLP hosts and produces art exhibitions and performance events to focus attention on people living with mental illness. This ensures a space where the community and professionals can interact with people impacted by mental illness with the goal of removing the stigma and sense of hopelessness that can persist. VOXIS is their second art event in 2017.
There will be a social hour with snacks and refreshments from 7:00-8:00pm with the performances from 8:00-10:00pm.