2022 You Are
Not Alone S+5
A statement. An art form. A movement. You Are Not Alone Murals Project is a community-based art project that offers a message of hope, and aims to spark dialogue around mental health. In 2022, seven murals from nine artists covered more than 90 feet and were designed by some of New York City’s best mural artists.
For the third year in a row, the project, which features murals from local artists, has returned to the Seaport in honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month. You can discover these murals along the East River Esplanade and bike path, north of the Tin Building, located on South & Beekman Streets.2023 Project
East River Esplanade, South & Beekman Streets
Meet the Artists
About You Are Not Alone Murals
Launched in New York City in 2019, You Are Not Alone Murals is a community-based art project that consists of 50+ murals globally. In addition to showcasing murals, artists also work in other mediums (digital, ink, marker, textiles, chalk, cut paper). In order to participate, an artist paints a mural in their community or creates artwork in another medium. Each artist illustrates the phrase: You Are Not Alone (in any language), uses the the color palette of yellow, black, white, and gray, and then shares their work online. While these key elements are repeated for impact, each artist brings their unique style, story, and heart to the project.
You Are Not Alone Murals was founded by long-time friends Annica Lydenberg (Dirty Bandits), art director, lettering artist, illustrator, and mural painter, and Samantha Schutz, Editorial Director, mental health advocate, and the author of the critically-acclaimed anxiety disorder memoir, I Don’t Want to Be Crazy. Samantha Schutz, co-creator of You Are Not Alone Murals says, “The murals and digital works remind viewers that no matter what challenges each of us is dealing with, our emotions are universal. No one is immune to anxiety, grief, anger, shame, and sadness. We are fundamentally connected through our humanity and, therefore, never alone.” “Repetition is an important component of the project,” says Annica Lydenberg, co-creator of the project. “Whether people see the works digitally or in person, the goal is for viewers to feel seen and supported. The more often someone comes in contact with the message, the greater the impact and the more likely they will feel the message applies to them.”Learn More