You Are Not Alone Murals Project
A statement. An art form. A movement. You Are Not Alone Murals is a community-based art project that offers a message of hope, and aims to spark dialogue around mental health. For the second year in a row, the project, which features murals from local artists, will return to the Seaport in honor of July being BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month. This year, seven murals from nine artists will cover more than 90 feet and are designed by some of New York City’s best mural artists. You can discover these murals along the East River Esplanade and bike path, north of the Tin Building, located on South & Beekman Streets.
Come to Seaport Cinema on August 7 on The Rooftop at Pier 17 for a special screening of a short documentary from Folktale Creative about the making of these murals, in honor of August being National Wellness Month. The documentary will be followed by Inside Out, the 2015 animated film that follows a young girl’s emotions as she experiences a big life change.
East River Esplanade, South & Beekman Streets
Starting July 19
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