News and Press

News and Press

From partnerships to winning short film announcements to the latest write-ups about our events, here’s the place for all things press-related!

For media inquiries please contact Natalie Daley.

Call for Researchers on Mental Health, Stigma and Attitudes about the Arts

Background: In November 2015 Art With Impact (AWI) collaborated with McQueen Mackin & Associates (MMA) to design and implement a national survey (data collected by YouGov) that explores American attitudes and opinions about...

Short Film About Eating Disorders Wins Art With Impact’s June 2017 Mental Health Film Competition PRESS RELEASE: JUN 1, 2017 Short film by featured poet and advocate is the 36th short film to...

Fighting the Stigmas of Mental Illness Through Art

Through art and film, viewers and media consumers can experience the hidden aspects of mental illness and the stigma around it. I consider myself to be one of the most fortunate humans on...

Mental health illustration
Films for Mental Health

Edward Lee and Adrianna Buenviaje As dozens of students packed SMC’s Skybox Gym on Thursday, May 11, the big screen greeted them with a stark yet encouraging message on the main projector: “Everyone...

'Beyond Words' screenshot
‘Beyond Words’ – Short Film About Depression Wins Art With Impact’s May 2017 Mental Health Film Competition

Short film by 19-year-old filmmaker is the 35th short film to enter Art With Impact’s mental health film collection San Francisco, California, May 1, 2017 (Newswire.com) – Art With Impact (AWI) is excited...

Limitless title screen
Short Film About Social Anxiety Wins Art With Impact’s April 2017 Short Film Competition on Mental Health

Short film ‘Limitless’ is the 34th short film to enter Art With Impact’s mental health film collection San Francisco, California, April 4, 2017 (Newswire.com) – Art With Impact (AWI) is excited to congratulate Rory...

Movies for Mental Health aims to get rid of stigma and educate students on resources

Movies for Mental Health will show three short films that facilitate a helpful conversation around mental health. Natalie Daley, the program director at Art with Impact Canada, said that this short film festival...

Mia's Story
Short Film About Teen Depression Wins Art With Impact’s March 2017 Short Film Competition on Mental Health

San Francisco, California, March 1, 2017 (Newswire.com) – Art With Impact (AWI) is excited to congratulate Vicki Kisner for the film ‘Mia’s Story’ which is the March 2017 addition to AWI’s OLIVE Film...

Acadia University Fights Stigma of Mental Illness Through Film

Medavie Health Foundation supports ‘Movies for Mental Health’ youth event to create dialogue and action FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2017 Wolfville, Nova Scotia – Art With Impact Canada is proud to partner...

Mental Health Does Not Define Me
Short Film ‘Mental Health Does Not Define Me’ Wins Art With Impact’s February 2017 Short Film Competition on Mental Health

Art With Impact (AWI) is excited to congratulate Roberto Morelia for the film ‘Mental Health Does Not Define Me’ which became the latest addition to AWI’s OLIVE Film Collection. The short film follows...

IN CONVERSATION: Natalie Daley and Kathy Friedman

INTERVIEW BY IEVA LUCS Ieva Lucs explores how creative expression can help open up a new world and give a voice to someone who may be having trouble speaking out in more conventional...

Short Film ‘FINE’ Wins Art With Impact’s January 2017 Monthly Competition

San Francisco, CA, January 2, 2017 (Newswire.com) – Art With Impact (AWI) is excited to congratulate Saida Saetgareeva for the film ‘F.I.N.E.’ which became the latest addition to AWI’s OLIVE Film Collection. The...

Short Film ‘Purpose’ Wins Art With Impact’s December 2016 Short Film Competition on Mental Health

San Francisco, California, December 2, 2016 (Newswire.com) – Art With Impact (AWI) is excited to congratulate Victor O’Frank for the film ‘Purpose‘ which became the latest addition to AWI’s OLIVE Film Collection. The film...

Short Film ‘Core’ Wins Art With Impact’s November Mental Health Short Film Competition on Mental Health

San Francisco, CA, November 1, 2016 (Newswire.com) – Art With Impact (AWI) is excited to congratulate Ashlen Claire for the film ‘CORE‘ which recently became the 30th winning film in AWI’s OLIVE Film Collection. The film...

Au Contraire Film Festival Image
Movies help fight mental health stigma

The onset of most mental health disorders occurs during childhood and the teen years, but stigma often keeps young kids silent. This means many people don’t get the help they need or they...

Remembering to Listen

The first morning of the Au Contraire film festival, I attended their youth program (along with a couple hundred high school students). The organization Art With Impact (AWI) screened a selection of short films that...

The Power of Film: Using Movies to Dispel Stereotypes, Reduce Stigma Surrounding Mental Health

10/25/2016 Urban Pardes is receiving a $7,500 grant from Medavie Health Foundation to help fund the Youth Awareness Matinée Program at the 2016 Au Contraire Film Festival (ACFF) on Mental Illness. The Youth...

Student Mental Health, a silent epidemic

By Bradley Peters – October 12, 2016 “It took all of my effort to pretend,” said Lindsey Webber, describing what she called her “war with depression” to a room full of teary-eyed students....

Pacific Blue Cross Partners with Art With Impact to Deliver Movies for Mental Health: British Columbia

British Columbia, Canada, October 7, 2016 (Newswire.com) – Art With Impact Canada has announced its expansion of the ‘Movies for Mental Health’ program into British Columbia, thanks to the support of Pacific Blue...

Short Film ‘The Letter’ Wins Art With Impact’s Mental Health Short Film Competition

San Francisco, California, October 3, 2016 (Newswire.com) – Art With Impact (AWI) is excited to congratulate Brian A. Ross for his film ‘The Letter‘, which recently became the 29th winning film in AWI’s OLIVE Film...

‘Chained’, Short Film About PTSD Wins Art With Impact’s September Film Competition on Mental Health

San Francisco, California, September 1, 2016 (Newswire.com) – Art With Impact (AWI) is excited to congratulate Dustin Lowman for his film ‘Chained‘, which recently became the 28th winning film in AWI’s OLIVE Film Collection. The...

Using Art to Discover the Path to Wellness

Charity Spotlight: This post was provided by Natalie Daley, Director of Art With Impact, as part of our ongoing charity spotlight series. When I was in my first year of university I was...

Short “The Gift” Wins Art With Impact’s August Film Competition on Mental Health

San Francisco, California, August 1, 2016 (Newswire.com) – Art With Impact (AWI) is excited to congratulate Director Steve Bastoni and Producer Meg Pascoe for their film ‘The Gift‘, which recently became the 27th winning...

Art With Impact and Partners for Mental Health Announce Program Partnership for Youth Mental Health

National Canadian charities Partners for Mental Health and Art With Impact Canada announce their new partnership that will create and support creative opportunities for postsecondary students to engage in meaningful dialogue around mental...

Briana Wernham Wins Art With Impact’s July Short Film Competition on Mental Health

PRESS RELEASE JUL 1, 2016 10:00 EDT San Francisco-based non-profit Art With Impact (AWI) has announced Briana Wernham’s film “Mental Health is Real” as the winner of their monthly mental health-themed short film...

Art With Impact Canada on Rogers TV

AWI Canada’s Director, Natalie Daley, is interviewed as a ‘Voice to Action’ doing work related to youth on the topic of mental health on Insight Tonight’s ‘Mental Health: Living and Inspiring’ episode. Here,...

Betsy Usher Wins Art With Impact’s June Short Film Competition on Mental Health

San Francisco, California, June 2, 2016 (Newswire.com) – San Francisco-based non-profit Art With Impact (AWI) has announced Betsy Usher’s film “I Am Borderline” as the winner of their monthly mental health-themed short film competition for May...

Art With Impact Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

PRESS RELEASE UPDATED: MAY 10, 2016 14:33 EDT The NEA Chairman has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects, including $25,000 awarded to Art With Impact. San Francisco, California, May...

A Film About Love: Brighton Student’s Film Scoops International Award

A Film About Love: Brighton Student’s Film Scoops International Award A highly-personal short film by second-year University of Brighton student Dale John Allen has won an international film award in the USA. ‘A...

Dale John Allen Wins Art With Impact’s May Short Film Competition on Mental Health

San Francisco, California, May 6, 2016 (Newswire.com) – San Francisco-based non-profit Art With Impact (AWI) has announced Dale John Allen’s film “A Film About Love” as the winner of their monthly mental health-themed...

Voice America Radio – Tough Stuff 2

This week Brandi is talking to guests who have been faced with struggles their whole life. Ranjit Reddy has spent most of his life in a wheelchair and Amber Briggs is an albino...

Voice America Radio – LGTBQ

This week Cary joins Brandi to share the AWI film of the week, ‘Crooked Beauty‘ to stress how being put into a box isn’t helpful, and that being celebrated for our differences shape a more constructive...

Discussing mental health through art and movies

Discussing mental health without words Peter Shokeir — March 7, 2016 International organization uses art and movies to raise mental health awareness By screening short films in Calgary, Art With Impact is promoting...

Nader Ibrahim and Jay Farnie Win Art With Impact’s Short Film Competition on Mental Health

San Francisco-based non-profit Art With Impact (AWI) has announced Nader Ibrahim and Jay Farnie’s film “Way Up, Way Down” as the winner of their monthly mental health-themed short film competition for March 2016....

Queen’s Mental Health Awareness Committee Co-Chair Shares Importance of Events like Movies for Mental Health

By Sarah-Louise Ruder, Mental Health Awareness Committee Co-Chair As a person with a collection of mental illnesses, I have a personal connection to the mental health discourse on campus. Because I struggle with...

Voice America Radio – Tough Stuff

On this week’s episode of Teen Wealth the topic is Tough Stuff: Brandi and her guests talk drugs, gang violence and redemption with guests Shenan Charania and Sidney Bell. And listen to Cary McQueen...

Voice America Radio – Fear

This week Brandi and her guests are talking about fear. Natalie joins this week to describe the AWI feature film of the week, ‘Rinse & Repeat‘ and the fear associated with anxiety and...

Wells Fargo Advisors to sponsor Films With Impact at Hillsboro High School

Media Contact: Cary McQueen, [email protected] or (415) 420-4932 Wednesday, November 25, 2015 For Immediate Release San Francisco, CA: Art With Impact, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization will offer its high school-based Prevention and...

‘Movies for Mental Health’ Creates Dialogue and Action

Day 17: ‘Movies for Mental Health’ Creates Dialogue and Action #NowImStronger Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Art With Impact (AWI)’s is an organization whose mission is to promote mental wellness by creating space for...

Voice America Radio – Mental Health

This week we explore mental health and the stigmas surrounding it. Youth struggle with things like depression, eating disorders and anxiety and yet they don’t often know who to turn to. Parents are...

Motivatorman: Movies for Mental Health – Art With Impact

Tip#925: Movies for Mental Health – Art With Impact – Depression – Anomalisa January 24, 2016 By: Emmanuel Lopez aka Motivatorman As I write this I am going into a second week of...

Voice America Radio – Empowering Teens

This is Episode 1 of Teen Wealth Radio where you get to meet all the hosts and learn more about them. Find out why each guest is passionate about empowering teens around the...

Mental Health Daily: Year in Film

January 10, 2016 Guest post by Julie Almendral, Senior Producer, Mental Health Channel 2015 was an eventful year for positive mental health messages in online media. Celebrities like actress Lena Dunham and rapper Kendrick Lamar...

Tackling Mental Health Stigma through the Arts – Innovate Development

By: Elizabeth DiCesare December 16, 2015 In North America, teens and young adults are the most at-risk for dealing with mental health issues. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, suicide is the...

Art Auction With Impact December 5, 2015 at the Fort Mason Center Firehouse

Media Contacts: Cary McQueen, [email protected] or 415-420-4932 Iqvinder Singh, [email protected] or 415-235-2399 For Immediate Release Art Auction With Impact December 5, 2015 at the Fort Mason Center Firehouse SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Art...

HeART & Soul: A Night of Art Therapy @ Studio.89, Mississauga, ON

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HeART & Soul: A Night of Art Therapy December 5, 2015 at Studio.89 6:00 – 10:30 PM MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Studio.89 announces HeART & Soul, a night of exploring the powerful...

Open Call: Sponsors for Movies for Mental Health in California, New England or Canada

Media Contacts: Cary McQueen, [email protected]  or (415) 420-4932 Skye Christensen, [email protected] or (415) 710-3471 For Immediate Release Open Call: Sponsors for Movies for Mental Health in California, New England or Canada November 3,...

Movies for Mental Health brings awareness to stigma on campus

Natalie Daley (left) and Deanna Coulbeck (right) at UOIT for the movies for Mental Health Event. One in five Canadian students suffer from mental illness, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association, but...

Movies for Mental Health at the University of Toronto

In light of Mental Wellness Month, the Life at U of T video crew took a trip to ‘Movies for Mental Health’ organized by Art With Impact and Healthy U. The event showcased...

Movies to raise awareness about mental illness at Shasta College

Author: Amber Sandhu September 8, 2015 Shasta College will honor September as National Suicide Prevention Month by holding a workshop Wednesday that uses short films to initiate dialogue about mental health issues. Partnering with...

Peace of Mind Speaker Series – Cary McQueen

Our E.D. Cary McQueen was invited to participate and speak at the annual Peace of Mind Storytellers event put on by PeaceLove in May 2015. The event brings together leaders in the mental wellness...

“Art With Impact” Forum Addresses Mental Health

“Art With Impact” Forum Addresses Mental Health Alyssa Garza, Reporter February 18, 2015 “Art With Impact” put mental health issues and awareness front and center in the OAB auditorium of Fresno City College...

Artwork display
Art With Impact Aims to Break Mental Health Stigmas

A person sitting alone in a corner. Hands decorated with puzzle pieces. The brain labeled as beautiful. Three unique paintings, yet all trying to express the same idea: mental health. The art display...

Art With Impact films set scene for discussing mental illness

Art With Impact films set scene for discussing mental illness April 7, 2014 BY ANGIE MARCOS Benjamin Taitz, left, Leticia Gutierrez-Lopez, Lauren Fournier and Jason Austin answer questions about mental health illness at...

Student Counseling Services offers hope

BY Cristy Lytal MAY 8, 2013 Cary McQueen, executive director of Art With Impact, starts a conversation about mental illness. (USC Photo/Lillian Insalata) The words “birds with perfectly symmetrical feathers cannot fly” flashed across...

Free Your Mind Radio – Art With Impact at USC

On this episode of Free Your Mind Radio during Mental Health Month,The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health speaks to Rick Springfield as part of their ‘Profiles of Hope’ television series. Then,...

Free Your Mind Radio – Art With Impact + Prop. 63

The Free Your Mind Projects Radio Show is all about having healthy minds, bodies and lives. In this episode, Dr. Daniel Fisher talks about Emotional CPR and our E.D. Cary McQueen joins Jennifer...