What would you say to the world?

Beginning in March, the Bloomsburg chapter of  To Write Love on Her Arms asked, “If you could say one thing that the whole world would hear, what would you say?” On Tuesday, April 6, you can see how over 350 people answered.

TWLOHA  is calling it, “Live Out Loud: The 30-Second Art Project” because participating is as simple as writing your message on a piece of paper, taking a picture of it and uploading it to the Facebook event page. This simple task allows one to join a growing movement of positive messages – something everyone could use.

The project was thought up by Jessica Weber, President of the BU chapter of TWLOHA. Weber had previously done a similar project for her photography class last semester.

“One of the goals of this project is to emphasize one of TWLOHA’s core messages; that everyone has a voice and that everyone’s voice is important,” said Weber.

To Write Love on Her Arms is a national non-profit group striving to bring awareness and support to the issues of suicide, depression, self-injury and substance abuse. The BU chapter is among 12 campus chapters that were created in the Fall of 2009.

In just a short time, this campus group has accomplished a great deal, holding several charity events including a benefit concert in November, which raised around $1,000 for the cause.

The members of the BU chapter did not expect Live Out Loud to catch on as much as it has. The Facebook event page, created in March, has acquired over 350 photos containing responses to the question. Their original goal was to reach at least 100.

The amount of Facebook users considered to be attending the event is over 500, though many are not attending the actual event. A great deal of photos submitted were from students attending other colleges, some in high school, and a few adults and animals as well.

Weber is glad to see a very eclectic mix of responses, some serious messages about love or faith, while others are silly and fun. Overall, viewing the variety of photos causes one to occasionally laugh, but always smile.

The event is free admission and will take place Tuesday, April 6, in the Kehr Union Multi-cultural Center from 8 – 11 p.m. It will feature a presentation of all the responses, as well as live music, coffee and snacks.

TWLOHA next events will be a joint bake sale with Amnesty International on Wednesday April 14 and Thursday April 15 titled, “Peace, Love, and Cupcakes.” The following Tuesday, April 20, TWLOHA will be hosted guest speakers and musicians from the national TWLOHA organization as part of their Spring University Tour.

Visit the Facebook event page for Live Out Loud and view a video for the event below.

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