The GlassBook Project Reception
The GlassBook Project, a joint initiative of Rutgers-University in Newark's Department of Arts, Culture and Media, and Witness Justice, will be launched at a campus reception on Jan. 28, 2010. The goal: To reshape how people generally think about and respond to survivors and individuals with mental health concerns, shifting the question, "What's wrong with you?" to "What happened to you?"
Informed by individuals who live through traumatic experiences and then respond with self injury, addiction, eating disorders, isolation, hyper-vigilance, and more, students, who are enrolled in a book arts course taught by Rutgers-Newark faculty member Nick Kline, create books made of glass about the trauma response topic. The books are then exhibited in communities to tell the stories of survival and to build understanding. The NJ State project will focus on changes in relationships that occur following domestic violence, which is significant because this impacts a survivor's support network, health and wellbeing.
Some of the more notable speakers and attendees at the reception include:
- Steven Diner, Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark
- Celina Gray, Executive Director of the NJ Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma
- Sandra Estepa, Region II Coordinator for the Office of Women's Health/DHHS
- Nick Kline, Artist, Conceptual Creator and Instructor, Rutgers University-Newark
- Helga Luest, Founder/President & CEO, Witness Justice
- Congressman Donald Payne (D-NJ), US Congress (remarks read)
- Yvonne Pressley, New Jersey State Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health Services
- Student artists from the first collection (self injury) and the NJ State project (changed relationships after domestic violence